Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby

From small-town Tasmania, Hannah Gadsby began her stand-up career in 2006 when she was discovered at the Hobart Comedy Festival.

But in 2017 she announced her retirement from comedy with the show Nanette, which won both the Edinburgh Comedy Award (which she shared with John Robins), and the Barry award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Hannah Gadsby tops another list of best-reviewed Fringe shows

Average star rating of 4.58

Hannah Gadsby has topped a second list of the best-reviewed comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Her show Nanette picked up the best average star rating from more than 4,600 reviews collated from 122 publications by the British Comedy Guide.

Gadsby shared the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award with John Robins’s show The Darkness Of Robins which only came 18th on this list.

The top 20 best reviewed shows were:

  1. Hannah Gadsby - Nanette
  2. Phil Nichol: Your Wrong
  3. Tom Ballard: Problematic
  4. Mat Ewins Presents Adventureman 7: The Return of Adventureman
  5. Sarah Kendall: One-Seventeen
  6. Larry Dean: Fandan
  7. Pierre Novellie
  8. Fin Taylor: Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey
  9. Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend
  10. Colin Hoult / Anna Mann in How We Stop the Fascists
  11. Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck
  12. Doug Anthony All Stars: Near Death Experience
  13. Mae Martin: Dope
  14. Stuart Goldsmith: Like I Mean It
  15. Tom Allen: Absolutely
  16. Tiff Stevenson: Bombshell
  17. Butt Kapinski
  18. John Robins: The Darkness of Robins
  19. Bruce
  20. Spencer Jones - The Audition

Last week Gadsby’s show topped a separate analysis by The List. However, the British Comedy Guide breakdown is more rigorous, requiring shows to be reviewed at least eight times to make the cut.

All the shows above averaged more than four stars, with Gadsby averaging 4.58.

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