Hannah Gadsby

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Hannah Gadsby
Hannah Gadsby and Jason Wing - Jam Project - crop.jpg
Gadsby in 2013
Born (1978-01-12) 12 January 1978 (age 41)[1]
Smithton, Tasmania, Australia
MediumLive performance
NationalityAustralian
Years active2006–present
GenresStand-up
Subject(s)Small town life, Smithton, art history, dysfunctional parents, homosexuality, homophobia, mental illness, trauma
Notable works and rolesKiss Me Quick, I'm Full of Jubes
Please Like Me, Nanette
WebsiteHannahGadsby.com.au

Hannah Gadsby (born 12 January 1978[1]) is an Australian writer. She rose to prominence after winning the national final of the Raw Comedy competition for new comedians in 2006. She has toured internationally and appeared on Australian and New Zealand television. In 2018, Gadsby's Netflix stand-up special Nanette brought her to the attention of international audiences.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Gadsby was born and grew up in Smithton, Tasmania, the youngest of five children.[4][5] She attended Smithton High School from 1990 to 1995, Launceston College and the University of Tasmania in Hobart. She later graduated from the Australian National University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Curatorship.[6] Before her comedy career, Gadsby worked as a cinema projectionist and as a tree planter on a farm.

Career[edit]

Art lectures[edit]

Although Gadsby is best known for her comedy work, she has a degree in Art History and Curatorship and presents comedy art tours in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria. Since 2009, Gadsby has presented tours with themes such as paintings of the Holy Virgin, Dadaism, Modernism, Impressionism and the nude in art. Gadsby also gives talks on art and opens exhibitions.[7]

Gadsby has written and presented two documentary specials for the Artscape program on ABC TV, The NGV Story (2011)[8] and Hannah Gadsby Goes Domestic (2010).[9] In 2015 she wrote and performed Hannah Gadsby: Arts Clown, a series for BBC Radio 4 based on her comedy art shows.[10]

Acting and presenting[edit]

Gadsby co-starred on the Australian ABC television network show Adam Hills Tonight (formerly known as Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight). She had regular segments called 'On This Day' and 'Hannah Has A Go' and also featured on the couch, contributing as host Adam Hills interviewed his guests.[11] The show ceased production following the end of its third season in July 2013.[12]

She has also appeared as a guest on Good News Week, Spicks and Specks,[11] and New Zealand TV 3's 7 Days.

She has written and presented a three-part series on ABC TV, Hannah Gadsby's Oz, which aired in March 2014.[13]

She featured as Hannah, a fictional version of herself, in the second, third and fourth seasons of fellow comedian Josh Thomas's series Please Like Me in 2015. She was also a co-writer of the series.

Stand-up[edit]

As a comedian, Gadsby was a regular on the local and international comedy festival circuit for over 10 years. In 2018, Netflix released Nanette, which brought her to the attention of international audiences.[3] On Rotten Tomatoes, Nanette received an approval rating of 100% based on reviews from 44 critics.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Gadsby is openly lesbian and often refers to her sexuality in her stand-up routines.[4][15]

Gadsby is an active supporter of various charities. Organisations she has assisted include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Melbourne, Edmund Rice Camps of Victoria and the Sacred Heart Mission.[16][17]

Gadsby has been diagnosed with ADHD and autism.[18][19][20]

Awards[edit]

Live shows[edit]

  • 2007: Hannah Gadsby is Wrong and Broken, Adelaide Fringe Festival
  • 2008: Meat, The Musical with Amelia Jane Hunter. Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Enmore Theatre
  • 2009: Kiss Me Quick, I’m Full Of Jubes (solo show). Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • 2009, 2010, 2011: The History of the National Gallery of Victoria (art history lecture). National Gallery of Victoria during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • 2010: The Cliff Young Shuffle (solo show). Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival,
  • 2011: Mary. Contrary (solo show). Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2011: Mrs Chuckles (solo show). Belvoir St Theatre, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Wild West Comedy Fest (Perth), New Zealand Comedy Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre (London).
  • 2012: Mary. Contrary (art lecture). National Gallery of Victoria during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2012: Hannah Wants A Wife (solo show).[21] Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2013: Mary.Contrary (art lecture). Ten Days on the Island Festival, Kings Place London
  • 2013: Nakedy Nudes (art lecture). National Gallery of Victoria during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Art Space Mackay
  • 2013: Happiness is a Bed Side Table (solo show). Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Canberra Theatre Centre, Soho Theatre London, Brighton Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Store[22]
  • 2014: Nakedy Nudes/Mary.Contrary/Australian Art (art lecture). NGV Art Lecture Series, Melbourne
  • 2014: The Exhibitionist (solo show). Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Ten Days Spiegeltent Hobart, Canberra Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre (London)
  • 2015: Hannah Gadsby Live (solo show). Comedy Store Sydney
  • 2015: Art Lite (art lecture). Adelaide Cabaret Festival
  • 2015: Donkey (solo show). Brisbane Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Darwin Festival
  • 2016: Dogmatic (solo show). Adelaide Fringe Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Belvoir Theatre, Wagga Wagga, Soho Theatre London
  • 2017–2018: Nanette (solo show). Perth Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, International Women’s Day – Sydney Opera House, Ten Days On The Island – Hobart, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival,[18] Wollongong, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Soho Theatre – Return Run, New York Soho Playhouse

Filmography[edit]

  • 2009–2010: The Librarians (TV series) – as Carmel (2 episodes)
  • 2011: Hannah Gadsby: Kiss Me Quick, I'm Full of Jubes, Warehouse Comedy Festival (TV series) – written by
  • 2012–2013: Adam Hills Tonight (TV series) – writer, contributing writer (24 episodes)
  • 2013: Underbelly – as Charlie (3 episodes)
  • 2013: Hannah Gadsby: Mrs Chuckles, Warehouse Comedy Festival (TV series) – written by
  • 2013–2014: Hannah Gadsby's Oz (TV series documentary) – writer
  • 2014–2016: Please Like Me (TV series) – as Hannah; also writer (22 episodes)
  • 2018: Hannah Gadsby's Nakedy Nudes (TV mini-series documentary) – writer
  • 2018: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (TV movie) – writer

Works and publications[edit]

  • Gadsby, Hannah (2018). Ten Steps to Nanette. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-742-37403-1. OCLC 1014018703.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Today's Birthday 12/1- Hannah Gadsby". This is Money. Australian Associated Press. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ Zinoman, Jason (19 March 2018). "Introducing a Major New Voice in Comedy (Who Also Attacks Comedy)". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Logan, Brian (19 August 2017). "Hannah Gadsby review – electrifying farewell to standup". The Guardian.
  4. ^ a b Lenny Ann Low (12 February 2011). "The great Gadsby". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  5. ^ Hannah Gadsby interview: I talk about my shows like they're ships | Such Small Portions 10 November 2011 Archived 29 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Suchsmallportions.com (10 November 2011). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  6. ^ "Graduate search". 12 November 2014.
  7. ^ Kylie Northover (20 March 2013). "Reclining nudes get stand-up treatment". The Age.
  8. ^ Hannah Gadsby: The NGV Story | Screen Australia. Retrieved 6 June 2013. Screenaustralia.gov.au. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  9. ^ Artscape – Hannah Gadsby Goes Domestic | ABC Arts 20 May 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2013. Abc.net.au. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Hannah Gadsby: Arts Clown". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  11. ^ a b Adam Hills Tonight | ABC Television website. Retrieved 5 June 2013 Archived 4 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Sydney Morning Herald website. Retrieved 21 October 2014. Smh.com.au (28 November 2013). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  13. ^ ABC TV Programs March 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. Abc.net.au. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Hannah Gadsby: Nanette". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  15. ^ Hannah Gadsby: Comedy Festival Review | TVNZ 10 November 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2013 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.
  16. ^ In Stitches for Kids Charity Comedy | Jolly People.com 14 July 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2013. Melbourne.jollypeople.com (14 July 2010). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  17. ^ "The Heart of St Kilda Concert. Retrieved 6 June 2013". Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  18. ^ a b c Wright, Tony (30 June 2017). "Why Hannah Gadsby is retiring from comedy after 'Nanette'". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  19. ^ Nussbaum, Emily (15 June 2018). "The Comedian Hannah Gadsby Goes Big Time, and Renounces Comedy" (Audio podcast interview). The New Yorker.
  20. ^ Devaney, Susan (17 July 2018). "Nanette's Hannah Gadsby reveals how autism diagnosis transformed her". Stylist. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  21. ^ Kissane, Ash (1 March 2012). "An Interview With Hannah Gadsby". Moustache Magazine.
  22. ^ Hannah Gadsby in Happiness is a Bedside Table | Crikey 9 April 2013. Blogs.crikey.com.au (9 April 2013). Retrieved on 2017-05-14.

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