Hannah Gadsby is an Australian comedian and 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 special, Nanette, brought her to the attention of international audiences.
Gadsby grew up in Smithton in 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.
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 an international audience.