Jon Gadsby

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Jon Gadsby
Born (1953-11-01) 1 November 1953 (age 61)
Derbyshire, England
Occupation Comedian, actor, writer

Jonathan Ernest "Jon" Gadsby, QSM (born 1 November 1953), is a New Zealand television comedian and writer, most well known for his role in the comedy series McPhail and Gadsby co-starring alongside David McPhail.


Gadsby was born in Derbyshire, England and went to school in Invercargill when his family moved to New Zealand.[1] He studied law at the University of Otago, leaving in his final year to work at Radio Dunedin.[2] He entered television with David McPhail in the comedy A Week of It, before the pair went on to the successful and long-running political satire McPhail and Gadsby.

Gadsby has appeared in numerous television programmes, several films, and has written more than 20 books, mainly for children. He has written for The New Zealand Herald, Metro and The Listener, and performs corporate speaking. He is the former editor of Christchurch magazine Avenues.[3]

In 2008, he received a conviction for drink-driving, after being stopped at a checkpoint in December 2006.[4] In 2011, he was convicted of his fourth drink-driving charge, having been stopped with a breath alcohol reading 2.5 times in excess of the legal limit.[3][5]





  • 1984 Book of Beasts
  • 1998 Dave and the Giant Pickle (Illustrator)
  • 1989 The Dictionary of Wimps with Alan Grant and David McPhail
  • 1995 Martin's Gang and the Ogre (Tui turbo)
  • 1995 Griselda Marmalade Forsythe
  • 1997 The Fantail and the Weka
  • 1998 The song of Nelson Mandela : the freedom to be
  • 2000 The Trough
  • 2001 Toi Toi Valley: The Big Black Boulder
  • 2001 Toi Toi Valley: The Scary Scaly Visitor
  • 2004 Bumblebee Pie
  • 2005 Zoo, The: Feeding
  • 2005 Zoo, The: Babies
  • 2000 kapai books


  • 2008 Letter to Blanchy : Stir Crazy (with David McPhail)[6]


  • McPhail and Gadsby won the "Best Television Entertainment Programme" Award in 1981, David McPhail and Gadsby were jointly voted the "Best Television Entertainer".[2]
  • Queen's Service Medal for Public Services, 1992 New Year Honours.[7]
  • Best Writers, with David McPhail and A. K. Grant, at The TV Guide Film and Television Awards in 1996, for the series Letter to Blanchy.[2][8]


  1. ^ "Author profile" (doc). Scholastic New Zealand. Retrieved 11 May 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jon Gadsby – Comedian". Speakers New Zealand. Retrieved 11 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Clarkson, David (9 September 2011). "Gadsby guilty of repeat drink-driving". Stuff. p. A15. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Drink-drive conviction for Gadsby". New Zealand Herald. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Another Drink-drive conviction for Gadsby". 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Press Release: Court Theatre". Scoop. 19 March 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  7. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 52768, 30 December 1991. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Jon Gadsby". Celebrity Speakers (NZ). Retrieved 11 August 2008. 

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