Today's Birthday, January 12: Australian comedian and writer Hannah Gadsby (1978 - ).
Hosting the Oscars is a double-edged sword.
The prestigious Hollywood gig is well-known for being notoriously hard, but nonetheless a title of acclaim.
At the 11th hour before the 91st edition, Kevin Hart pulled out when controversial tweets from his past emerged.
A few prominent figures surfaced, showcased in a Saturday Night Live skit. Among the famous names: Hannah Gadsby.
Despite being well-known on the local comedy circuit, her name was barely recognised outside Australia before last year.
Now following her stage show turned Netflix special Nanette, the comedian counts Kathy Griffin, Monica Lewinsky and Emma Thompson as fans.
Timely released at the height of the 'Me Too movement', Nanette has been hailed as one of the most important comedy specials in years.
Born in 1978 in Smithton, Tasmania, Gadsby grew up the youngest of five children.
She graduated from the Australian National University in 2003 with a degree majoring in art history and curatorship.
It's a topic she has used throughout her comedic career, referencing Pablo Picasso's misogyny, among other famous badly-behaved men.
She grew up in Tasmania during the 1990s as the state debated whether to become the last in Australia to legalise homosexuality.
Gadsby, who is now openly lesbian, said the fractured sentiment about her sexual status led to feelings of "self-hatred".
She's accrued numerous accolades over the years including gongs at the Sydney and Melbourne comedy festivals and four Helpmann awards for best comedy.
Her most recent Helpmann was for Nanette in 2017, the year she was also the joint winner for the top award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Nanette went on to have extensive runs at London's Soho Theater and New York's SoHo Playhouse in 2018.
She helped comedian Adam Hills present his chat show Adam Hills Tonight in 2011, and then in 2015 lent her expertise in assisting Josh Thomas write Please Like Me, which she also starred in as a fictional version of herself.
Gadsby, who last year presented the Emmy for outstanding directing in a drama series, made public her ADHD diagnosis in 2015.
Her speech at the Hollywood Reporter's annual womens' gala blasting "good men" in early December later went viral.