Gadsby announced yesterday on Instagram that she married wife, Jenney Shamash, back in January of this year. “I would like to introduce y’all to Jenney Shamash. She is a producer extraordinaire. She is very funny and is really talented at reciting facts. It is a joy to behold,” Gadsby wrote in the post. “We got married in January and we are chuffed about it.”
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The message was accompanied by a photograph of the couple eating ice cream, Shamash smiling brightly and Gadsby looking as if she might just be blushing. “For the record: this is me gushing,” she wrote. “I am full of very positive feelings. This is a nice story. My heartfelt thanks to everybody who voted for marriage equality.”
Gadsby, a popular comedian in her native Australia since the mid-2000s, gained international accolades with her 2018 stand-up show, “Nanette,” which earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Peabody Award. In her follow-up, “Douglas,” she addresses her diagnosis with autism, and its impact on her.
Earlier this month, Gadbsy wrote a first-person account for Vanity Fair regarding her wardrobe choices — specifically, her choice to dress entirely in blue — in a world that often values “not men” by how “ladylike” (i.e. uncomfortable) they dress. “My decision to only wear blue, comfortable clothing (not frilly, not lacy, not overly adorned) was made because my sense of self is not defined by how the world sees me, it is defined by how I feel in the world,” she wrote. “And I feel a lot because I am autistic.”
Gadsby and Shamash received lots of love from their Instagram followers after the announcement, although certainly a few hearts were broken. As one follower wrote: “I just lost my faux relationship with you!”
But for the Hannah Gadsby Fan Club, “the news made our 2021 just a little bit better … .”