Making the woeful wonderful with Hannah Gadsby

NORPA introduces a regular comedy event to its ever-expanding cultural calendar with Lismore Laughs, a two-day event that features comedians Hannah Gadsby, The Listies for the kids, and Nazeem Hussain.

Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby is one of Australia’s most distinctive comic performers. A storyteller par excellence with a joke rate that most dads at a family barbecue would envy, Hannah is guaranteed to make you laugh, if not split your sides, as she takes you on an unforgettable journey through her unusual brain. Her droll delivery, delightful wordplay and self-deprecating observations have delighted audiences all over the world, drawn critical acclaim and a swag of awards. And did you know, she did her first-ever comedy performance here in the northern rivers?

That’s right. Gadsby was one of the community college comedy students taught by yours truly who did her first show at the Byron Bowlo and then went on to international acclaim!

Hannah’s shows are always an attempt at explaining her thought processes. It seems she’s a girl who’s made woeful choices a tax deduction.

Every morning when I wake up… I nap.

As a comedian, the question I hate being asked most is… what is the capital of Burma. Hate that.

If I could change one thing… the light bulb in my study. I got electrocuted trying to change it six weeks ago. The side of my face got a bit tingly. I’m typing in the dark.

Reading the newspaper… I don’t. I chat to the radio

It’s important to remember… isn’t it!

Loving yourself… a tad. But I loathe myself more.

The book that changed my life was… Stone Butch Blues.

When I dance I… stop very quickly.

People always assume… I know what I’m doing.

My mother told me… off! A lot.

The biggest disappointment… when you set the alarm for pm not the am.

When I was a kid I thought babies… were human slugs.

The biggest misconception about the comedy industry is… that it’s funny.

If I won lotto I would… worry about whether I should tell someone that I’ve never bought a ticket.

Malcolm Turnbull… has written a blog on behalf of his dog! Ha ha ha ha.

If I were PM the first thing I’d do… resign. I don’t want that job.

The world would be a better place… if Donald Trump went away.

When you come to my show… you will laugh like a drain.

Friday 18 March at Lismore City Hall. 7.30pm $22–42
Tickets at or call
1300 066 772.


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