Australian Comedian, Writer, and Art Historian known for Nanette and Please Like Me
"Hannah Gadsby (born 12 January 1978) 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.
Gadsby was born and grew up in Smithton, Tasmania, the youngest of five children. 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. Before her comedy career, Gadsby worked as a cinema projectionist and as a tree planter on a farm.
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.
Gadsby has written and presented two documentary specials for the Artscape program on ABC TV, The NGV Story (2011) and Hannah Gadsby Goes Domestic (2010). In 2015 she wrote and performed Hannah Gadsby: Arts Clown, a series for BBC Radio 4 based on her comedy art shows.
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. The show ceased production following the end of its third season in July 2013.
She has also appeared as a guest on Good News Week, Spicks and Specks, and New Zealand TV 3's 7 Days.
She co-wrote (with Matthew Bate) and presented a three-part series on ABC TV, Hannah Gadsby's Oz, which aired in March 2014. Produced by Closer Proudctions, this series set out to "debunk the myths of the Australian identity perpetuated by [its] national art".
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.
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. On Rotten Tomatoes, Nanette received an approval rating of 100% based on reviews from 44 critics.
Gadsby is openly lesbian and often refers to her sexuality in her stand-up routines.
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.
Gadsby has been diagnosed with ADHD and autism." (1)