Jon Gadsby

Jon Gadsby QSO (born 1 November 1953) is a New Zealand television comedian and writer, most well known for his role in the comedy series McPhail and Gadsby co-starring alongside David McPhail. Gadsby was born in Derbyshire, England; after his family moved to New Zealand he went to school in Invercargill. He studied law at the University of Otago, leaving in his final year to work at Radio Dunedin. He entered television with David McPhail in the comedy A Week of It, before the pair went on to the successful and long-running political satire McPhail and Gadsby. Gadsby has appeared in numerous television programs, several films, and has written over 20 books, mainly children's. He has also written for The New Zealand Herald, Metro and The Listener, and performs corporate speaking. He is the former editor of Christchurch magazine Avenues. In 2008, he received a conviction for drink-driving, after being stopped at a checkpoint in December 2006. In 2011, he was convicted of his fourth drink-driving charge, having been stopped with a breath alcohol reading 2.5 times in excess of the legal limit.


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