Comedian / Writer / Art Lady
Hannah Gadsby is an award-winning Australian comedian who thinks quickly and moves slowly. She is sardonic, laconic and, after numerous bone crunching accidents, bionic. Her droll delivery, delightful wordplay and heart-breakingly funny, self-deprecating observations have delighted audiences all over the world.
Hannah began her stand-up career in 2006 when she was “discovered” at the Hobart Comedy Festival. Relieved that she existed, she went on to win the national final of Raw Comedy and followed this up with a very impressive second place in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s So You Think You’re Funny?
Since then, Hannah has performed to sold out houses at comedy festivals across Australia, accepted an invitation to perform at the exclusive Kilkenny Comedy Festival, the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival and appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe and New Zealand Comedy Festivals. In 2013, Hannah’s solo show Happiness is a Bedside Table was nominated for Best Show in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Surprised and relieved that she maintains a healthy pallor in front of the camera, Hannah took up a regular spot on ABC TV’s Adam Hills Tonight from 2011-2013. She has also made appearances on Channel 10’s Good News Week, ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks, Agony Aunts and New Zealand TV 3’s 7 Days.
Hannah is currently writing her first book, based on her mildly alarming medical history. In 2011 she released her first stand-up DVD “Kiss Me Quick I’m Full of Jubes” which she is following up with the release of “Mrs Chuckles” in 2012, both through Madman Entertainment.
Determined to make use of her Art History degree for the purposes of debt recovery, Hannah has written and presented three art documentaries for ABC TV, and takes every opportunity to present her incredibly popular comedic art lectures at festivals around the world.
In 2014, Hannah joined the cast of ABC and Pivot’s critically acclaimed Please Like Me for their second season as the character of Hannah.
“…deliciously awkward…” The Age
“deadpan perfection.” Skinny Fest, Edinburgh
“Piercing razor sharp wit”, Chortle
“underestimate her at your peril” Metro
“Deadpan, cutting wit… an assured performer” The Scotsman