At 46 years old, Hannah Gadsby has this physical status:
Hannah Gadsby (born 12 January 1978) is an Australian comedian, writer, actor, and television presenter.
She came to fame after winning the national final of the Raw Comedy competition for young comedians in 2006 and has since appeared internationally as well as on television and radio. The introduction of a Netflix film version of Gadsby's stand-up show Nanette, in 2018, widened her international audience. Douglas, a new show Douglas, is touring the United States and Australia beginning in 2019.
Hannah Gadsby was born in Smithton, a tiny town on Tasmania's remote north-west coast. She was the youngest of five children at the time. She attended Smithton High School from 1990 to 1995. She attended Launceston College in year 12, where she had a nervous breakdown. She began studying at the University of Tasmania in Hobart but later moved to the Australian National University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in art history and curatorship in 2003.
Gadsby worked in bookshops in Canberra and became a projectionist at an outdoor cinema in Darwin after her education. She spent two years collecting vegetables and planting trees along the east coast of Australia. She became homeless, which she later attributed in large part to her ADHD, and she was severely pregnant with acute pancreatitis, which necessitates hospitalization.
Gadsby is openly lesbian, and she often incorporates LGBTQ-themed themes in her stand-up routines.
In 2017, Gadsby was diagnosed with ADHD and autism.
Jenney Shamash, a born producer from Gadsby, married him in January 2021.
Gadsby is a regular contributor to many charities. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Melbourne, Edmund Rice Camps of Victoria, and the Sacred Heart Mission are among the projects she has helped with.
Gadsby began to perform in Raw Comedy in 2006 on a visit to her sister in Adelaide, South Africa, and won the national prize despite the heat. She was chosen to So You Think You're Funny because she was the winner of the So You Think You're Funny competition. She won second prize at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hannah Gadsby is Wrong and Broken, her first solo performance, and she received the 2007 Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before going on tour with the show in Edinburgh and New York. Meat the Musical with Amelia Jane Hunter at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2008. She continued to perform at festivals, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Gadsby signed a multi-title contract with Netflix in September 2022.
Gadsby developed Nanette partly as a result of the public debate in Australia before the law was amended to allow same-sex marriages and also after she was diagnosed with autism. Nanette explores topics including homophobia, xenophobia, misogy, misogyny, and gendered violence. Although Nanette is a comedic act, Elahe Izadi of The Washington Post states that the audience must be aware of the ugly truth of torture and assault. Gadsby says she will no longer be doing comedy during the program. "Gadsby's main aim, according to Douglas, Ben Neutze's review of her forthcoming exhibition was to present a fiery and tense interpretation of the heterosexual patriarchy in Nanette." "During Nanette, Gadsby ritually murdered her old persona and assumed a new high-status role that dramatically changed her audience," Mary Luckhurst, writing in Persona Studies. In 2018, Netflix announced Nanette's film version after winning the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Comedy Award, and the Best Comedy Performer Award. Nanette was given a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes as a result of 49 reviewers.
In March 2019, Gadsby premiered Douglas, her latest show in Adelaide, before heading to the United States and Australia, where many shows were sold out in advance. According to one reviewer of the preview show, she explores new personal revelations "with empathy, wit, and some very relatable metaphor" and creates something "bigger than comedy." She discusses her autism in Douglas, aiming to help people recognize neurodiversity as part of a common human condition. "Douglas will bring change and help people, especially undiagnosed women, to learn that they don't have the right words to describe life," Anne-Marie Peard said in a Time Out review; it's also describing those who do not have the right words to describe how they live; it's not saying or thinking the terms that belittle and harm." A filmed version of the live show was released in 2020 by Netflix.
Gadsby began her solo show Body of Work in many venues around Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the United Kingdom in July 2021. In the United States, dates were also announced. "Its predecessors, the smash hits Nanette and Douglas, shot the Tasmanian to fame, but not all smiles," Brian Logan wrote in a Guardian article. Jenney Shamash's latest film, which retells love and latest marriage, has a lighter, looser feel.
Gadsby co-wrote and co-starred in Adam Hills Tonight, the Australian ABC television show Adam Hills Tonight, from February 2011 to July 2013. She appeared on "On This Day" and "Hannah Has A Go" as host Adam Hills, as host Adam Hills interviewed his guests. Hannah Gadsby's Oz co-wrote (with Matthew Bate) and produced a three-part series on ABC, Hannah Gadsby's Oz, which premiered in March 2014. This series, which was produced by Closer Productions, was intended to "debunk the myths of the Australian identity perpetuated by [its] national art." She co-wrote 20 episodes of the television show Please Like Me from 2013 to 2016. Hannah, a fictionalization of herself, appeared in the film.
Samantha Gadsby's Australian and international television appearances include Rove Live (2009), Good News Week (2009), Spicks and Specks (2009), Agony Aunts (2012), QI (2018), Jimmy Fallon (2018, 2020), and TV3's game show, 7 Days. She was a host at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2018, presenting the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. In 2019, Gadsby appeared on Conan O'Brien's podcast Conan O'Brien's Conan O'Brien's podcast Conan O'Brien Does a Friend.
Gadsby ran comedy art tours in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria between 2009 and 2013, with topics such as paintings of the Holy Virgin, Dadaism, Modernism, Impressionism, and nude in art. She has given lectures on art and opened exhibitions. Hannah Gadsby has written and presented two documentary specials for ABC TV's Artscape program: Hannah Gadsby Goes Domestic (2010) and The NGV Story (2011). Hannah Gadsby: Arts Clown, a BBC Radio 4 film based on her comedy art shows, premiered in 2015.
- 2006: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Raw Comedy winner
- 2006: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, So You Think You're Funny? – Second place
- 2007: Adelaide Fringe, Best Newcomer Award for Hannah Gadsby is Wrong and Broken
- 2010: Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer – nominee for The Cliff Young Shuffle
- 2010: Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Directors' Choice Award
- 2011: Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer – nominee for Mrs Chuckles
- 2011: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award nominee
- 2017: Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer for Nanette
- 2017: Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Barry Award winner for Nanette
- 2017: Edinburgh Festival Fringe Comedy Award – joint winner for Nanette, tied with John Robins for The Darkness of Robins
- 2017: Adelaide Fringe Best Comedy Award
- 2018: 7th AACTA International Awards Best Comedy Program – nominee
- 2018: AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy
- 2019: Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer for Douglas
- 2019: MTV Movie & TV Awards – nominee for Best Real-Life Hero
- 2019: Peabody Award for Nanette
- 2019: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for Nanette
After opening her own 'Picasso' exhibition in the United States, Hannah Gadsby has been chastised by art critics
I am home, finally…I have not been home in a year. I love home. I don’t want to leave home. But, alas, I must. There are too many mediocre men to upset to quit just yet (according to my mum). Please join me on the tail end of the Australian and NZ leg of my #BodyofWork tour. Swipe for dates and tickets at the link in bio.
zoecoombsmarr is using my JustForLaughs Gala as a warm up for her own show the following night…I feel used and I like it. Heading to Montreal with Zoe and this A+ lineup on July 27… (Zoe's show on the 28th if you have not already processed the opening sentence) you should get amongst, if you want, of course. hahaha.montreal.com/en
Cheese and biscuits! I’m doing shows in Melbourne…Oh and I've got a bit of news for you: thanks to your enthusiasm, we added a new date. Deets below. For real life?! Ticket link in bio... #BodyofWork at artscentremelbourne: -Aug 26 (Selling Fast!) -Aug 28 -Sept 10 | 6PM (New Show! On Sale Now!) -Sept 11 | 4PM (Selling Fast!) & 7PM