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. Currently he is the editor of Christchurch magazine Avenues.
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. In 2008, he received a conviction for drink-driving, after being stopped at a checkpoint in December 2006.
- 1980 Nutcase
- 1984 Second Time Lucky
- 1984 The Bounty
- 2008 Sisterhood
- 1984 Book of Beasts
- 1998 Dave and the Giant Pickle (Illustrator)
- 1989 The Dictionary of Wimps with Alan Grant and David McPhail
- 1995 Martin's Gang and the Ogre (Tui turbo)
- 1995 Griselda Marmalade Forsythe
- 1997 The Fantail and the Weka
- 1998 The song of Nelson Mandela : the freedom to be
- 2000 The Trough
- 2001 Toi Toi Valley: The Big Black Boulder
- 2001 Toi Toi Valley: The Scary Scaly Visitor
- 2004 Bumblebee Pie
- 2005 Zoo, The: Feeding
- 2005 Zoo, The: Babies
- 2008 Letter to Blanchy : Stir Crazy (with David McPhail)
- McPhail and Gadsby won the "Best Television Entertainment Programme" Award in 1981, David McPhail and Gadsby were jointly voted the "Best Television Entertainer".
- Queen's Service Order, for Public Services to Broadcasting, New Years Honours List 1992.
- Best Writers, with David McPhail and A K Grant, at The TV Guide Film and Television Awards in 1996, for the series Letter to Blanchy.