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Hannah Gadsby Hannah Gadsby i(A149491 works by)
Born: Established: 1978 Smithton, Smithton area, Far Northwest Tasmania, Northwest Tasmania, Tasmania, ;
Gender: Female
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Hannah Gadsby is an Australian comedian. 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.

Most Referenced Works


  • Other works not indexed include:

    • Hannah Gadsby is Wrong and Broken (Adelaide Fringe, 2007).
    • Meat, The Musical (with Amelia Jane Hunter) (Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2008).
    • Kiss Me Quick, I’m Full Of Jubes (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2009).
    • The Cliff Young Shuffle (Brisbane Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, 2010).
    • Mary. Contrary (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2011; Ten Days on the Island, 2013).
    • Hannah Wants A Wife (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2012).
    • Happiness is a Bed Side Table (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, 2013).
    • The Exhibitionist ( Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs – Sydney, 2014).
    • Dogmatic (Belvoir St Upstairs Theatre, 2016).

Awards for Works

Douglas 2019 single work drama humour

'Who is Douglas? Well, apparently, Hannah Gadsby thinks he is the only one who can help her follow up on the trail blazed by her last show Nanette. But before she takes the mysterious Douglas for a trot around the world, Gadsby is coming home to take him off leash for a world premiere. This is a strictly limited run before they go for walkies in the U.S.' (Production summary)

2019 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Comedy Performer
y separately published work icon Nanette ( dir. Jon Olb et. al. )agent 2017 Australia : Guesswork Television , 2018 14175539 2017 single work drama

'Nanette, Hannah’s masterpiece, saw the adored comedian take home Australia’s most prestigious comedy award ‘The Barry’ for Best Show at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

'The world claims to celebrate individuality but Hannah Gadsby knows from experience that this is folly. All the cool kids are normal. Hannah has always dreamt of being a cool kid but she has had to accept that, just like her childhood dream of being a dog, normal is just not possible for her. Over the past year, Hannah decided to embrace solitude, determined to see what harvest may come from nurturing her left field life. And what a strange little harvest, as her new show Nanette will attest.

'This is a show about learning how you can thrive as a “not normal” because Hannah’s year of gentle exile did not just see her harvest silly projects like making homemade jam and adopting a “blue clothes only” policy. It also gave her a strength she badly needed, when she observed with increasing horror the same sex marriage debates begin to hit all the same sickening notes she’d heard as a teenager in the 1990s when Tasmania resisted the decriminalisation of homosexuality.  

'At the beginning of 2017 Hannah announced that she would be retiring from the comedy world. As one of Australia’s most applauded and beloved comedians, don’t miss your chance to be spellbound by the inner workings of Hannah’s unique mind while you can.'  (Publication summary)

2018 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Comedy Series
2017 winner Melbourne Comedy Festival Barry Award
2017 winner International Awards Edinburgh Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show
form y separately published work icon Burrito Bowl ( dir. Matt Saville ) Australia : ABC Television , 2016 11414531 2016 single work film/TV
2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
2017 nominated AWGIE Awards Comedy Award Situation or Narrative
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