REVIEW: Hannah Gadsby’s Hannah Wants A Wife – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

A Summer Full Of Peaches Reviews Hannah Gadsby's Hannah Wants A Wife

Our second show of the Edinburgh Festival this year was the wonderful Hannah Wants A Wife from Australian comedian, Hannah Gadsby. Stacey and I had picked Gadsby out as one of the lesbian performers we definitely wanted to watch during this year’s Festival – see our other picks in The Gay Girl’s Guide to Edinburgh Fringe. Anyway, we bought our tickets for Hannah Wants A Wife, and headed over to The Gilded Balloon in  Teviot, the Edinburgh University Union building – and it was fantastic!

The show is billed about being about wives, and marriage is the core theme of the show – but Gadsby’s charisma and brilliant timing makes this a genuinely hilarious take on the equal marriage saga. As she’s from Australia, where equal marriage appears to still be some way off (unlike here in Scotland!) there were some funny-yet-touching moments where Gadsby laments that the president of Oz has shot down calls for equal marriage due to tradition – whilst being the first female president of the country – something which definitely breaks from the status quo.

I have to admit, having watched footage of Gadsby at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala from earlier this year, my favourite part of the show was actually the part I’d already seen before! I absolutely loved the explanation of why she needs to be able to marry her girlfriend – particularly the part about her imaginings about how her parents would react in the hospital were she ever to be in an accident, illustrating the importance of having a trusted person as your next of kin!

Poster for Hannah Gadsby's Hannah Wants A Wife 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Show

Gadsby also manages to tie her show together to create a complete performance which is as funny as it is polished. There are enough entertaining stories to ensure that the hour passes quickly (including her response to the last time a bloke chatted her up!) but the real comedy gold occurs in the fabulously clever one-liners which often reference her sexuality. The show may not build to a big climax, but Hannah Gadsby certainly knows how to go out with a bang!

 In short, Hannah Gadsby is a wonderfully funny lesbian comedian (lesbedian?), and one that I would whole-heartedly recommend seeing if you’re in Edinburgh this August – no matter whether you’re gay or straight.

5 stars.


  • 7th – 26th August 2012
  • Gilded Balloon, Teviot (Bristo Square)
  • 120:10 (1 hour)
  • 14+
  • Find tickets here – Hannah Wants A Wife

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