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Tom Ballard is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, broadcaster, philanthropist and philanderer. He co-hosted the triple j breakfast show for four years and won an ARIA for his trouble, In 2014 he got his own shiny panel show Reality Check and has twice fronted SBS's coverage of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. He's guest hosted two episodes of Q&A, launched his own hit podcast and supported the likes of Wil Anderson, Stephen Merchant and Danny Bhoy.

In 2015 Tom performed alongside Wanda Sykes and roasted Jimmy Carr in Montreal and he bagged a nomination for the Best Newcomer Award at the biggest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Last year, Tom toured two shows; an hour of stand up, and a 70min comedy lecture about the state of the Australian immigration system. His body of work gained him a nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the prestigious Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show, and he was awarded the inaugural Pinder Prize, named in honour of the late great John Pinder. When Tom returned to Edinburgh, he backed up his nomination for Best Newcomer with a nomination for Best Show.

The start of 2017 has seen Tom touring Australia with his brand new live show Problematic, and a return and updated season of his comedy lecture Boundless Plains to Share .

Tom has eczema and is bad at running.

Tom Ballard

Comedian / Broadcaster

 

Tom Ballard is a comedian who gets to perform the ancient art of stand up all around Australia and the world.

His desperation to make people laugh stretches back to high school when he took part in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns competition and didn’t win, which made him sad and bitter. He then went on to be a RAW Comedy national finalist, a member of the Comedy Zone, a nominee for the prestigious Golden Gibbo Award and the youngest ever recipient of the MICF Best Newcomer Award for his debut hour, Tom Ballard Is What He Is.

Then he turned 19.

Tom co-hosted the triple j breakfast show with his dear friend Alex Dyson from 2010 to 2013 and they were very very silly but they won an ARIA for their trouble anyway. After four years of early mornings, Tom decided to hang up the headphones to concentrate on stand up, TV and sleeping.

Having appeared on everything from The Project to Spicks’n’Specks to It’s A Date, in 2014 Tom hosted Reality Check: his very own panel show for ABC TV, which dissected the insane world of reality television. He’s twice guest-hosted the political discussion show Q&A to critical acclaim, or at least to no widespread embarrassment.

His body of work at the 2016 MICF earned him a nomination for the prestigious Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show. Tom was the inaugural recipient of the Pinder Prize, named in honour of the late, great John Pinder, allowing him to return to Edinburgh later in the year where his show The World Keeps Happening was nominated for the Best Comedy Award. He was also invited back to perform at Just For Laughs Montreal, where he took part in Comedy Central’s Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle and performed on LOL Live presented by Kevin Hart.

Tom also hosts his own hit interview podcast Like I’m A Six-Year-Old, tweets like a mofo and occasionally suffers from eczema. He’s very pleased to meet you. 

 

 

 “[Ballard’s] material, most importantly, absolutely kills…It’s tightly paced, it’s perfectly delivered and it’s funny as hell… ★★★★★”  Time Out Sydney

 

“consistently, acutely hilarious… ★★★★  Herald Sun

 

…excellent, unflinching and at times brutally funny…[Ballard’s] natural poise and charming on-stage persona means he appears likely to have a long career ahead… ★★★★”  The Age

 

"one of the most fearless anf hilarious voices in Australian comedy" Wil Anderson

 

“savagely funny… ★★★★ Chortle [UK]

 

Live shows

2016 Boundless Plains To Share - Solo Show (Comedy Lecture) - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2016 The World Keeps Happening - Solo Show, Perth Fringeworld, Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Comedy Store Sydney, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre London
2014-15 Taxi's Rainbows and Hatred - Solo Show, Sydney Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre London.
2014 Giant Dwarf Radio - Radio Play - Giant Dwarf Theatre Sydney
2014 UnAustralian(ish) - Solo Show, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival
2013 My Ego is Better than Your Ego - Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival
2012 Doing Stuff- Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival
2012 Tom Ballard’s Listening Party The Standard, Sydney
2012 Tom Ballard Live PRIDEFEST, Western Australia
2011 Since 1989- Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Wild West Comedy Fest, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney Comedy Store
2011 Tom Ballard Is What He Is – Solo Show Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney
2010 Tom Ballard Is What He Is – Solo Show Feast Festival Adelaide
2010 Cogito Ergo Some Funny – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival.
2009 Several Nights Only – Solo Show Melbourne Fringe Festival
2009 Tom Ballard Is What He Is - Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival & St Kilda Laughs Festival
2008 The Comedy Zone Melbourne International Comedy Festival

 

Radio

2016 2DAY FM Breakfast with Rove and Sam - Guest Co-Host
2015 triple j Nazeem Hussain Heals the World - Guest Co-Host
2014 triple j Chatback - Host
2010-13 triple j triple j breakfast – Host
2013 triple j Debate Night - Host of six part series
2011 QRadio Qantas Inflight Radio, Smile High Club (Guest Host)
2009 triple j Weekend Breakfast Host
2008 - 2009 triple j Summer Lunch Host

 

Television

2016 Comedy Central (US) Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Guest)
2016 SBS Sydney Mardi Gras - Live Coverage (Co-host)
2016 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Allstars Gala (Comedy Spot)
2016 Comedy Channel Just For Laughs at the Sydney Opera House, The Stand Up Series (Comedy Spot)
2015 ABC TV Q&A: Country Life, CSG and Cannibis (Host)
2015 ABC TV Q&A Special: Between a Frock and a Hard Place (Host)
2015 Network Ten The Project (Guest host)
2015 SBS Online Fully Furnished (Co-writer/Actor: Role of Dayne)
2015 ABC TV Dirty Laundry Live (Guest)
2015 SBS Sydney Mardi Gras - Live Coverage (Co-host)
2015 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala (Stand up)
2014 ABC TV Reality Check (Host)
2014 ABC TV It's A Date (Acting: Role of Mark)
2014 Comedy Channel Just For Laughs at the Sydney Opera House, Stand Up Series (Stand Up)
2014 ABC2 Back Seat Drivers (Guest)
2014 Network Ten The Project (Guest host)
2014 ABC TV Spicks and Specks (Guest)
2014 Comedy Channel Best of the Sydney Comedy Festival (Stand up)
2014 ABC 2 Comedy Up Late (Host - 2 episodes)
2014 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala (Stand up)
2014 SBS 2 Sydney Mardi Gras - Live Coverage (Co-host)
2013 Network Ten This Week Live (Guest x2)
2013 ABC TV Tractor Monkeys (Guest)
2013 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand up)
2013 Network Ten The Project (Various)
2011-12 Network Ten The Project, Resident Expert, Fortnightly segment
2012 ABC TV The Hamster Wheel, Sketch (as himself)
2011-13 Network Ten Can of Worms, Guest
2011 ABC TV Spicks and Specks, Guest
2011 ABC TV The Drum, Regular Guest
2009-11 Network Ten The 7PM Project, Regular Guest
2010 Network Ten The Circle, Guest
2009-10 Network Ten Good News Week, Regular Guest
2009 SBS Adbc
2009 Channel 31 Studio A – Regular Guest
2009 ABC TV triple jtv with the Doctor Writer/performer
2008 ABC TV Triple jtv’s The Hack Half Hour Guest
2008 Channel 31 Studio A – Guest

 

Recordings

2015 iTunes Like I'm a Six Year Old (Podcast)
2012  Bandcamp Since 1989 - Solo Show (Audio recording)
2011 Madman Entertainment Tom Ballard Is What He Is (Stand-up DVD)

 

Writing

2015 Fairfax Online Guest Contributor
2015 Junkee Guest Contributor
2014 Sydney Morning Herald Guest Contributor
2014 The Guardian Australia Guest Contributor
2010-13 JMAG Regular Contributor
2010 Good Weekend Guest Contributor
2009-2010 The Warrnambool Standard Monthly Blog Contributor

 

Other Notable Work

2015-16 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (Stand Up)
2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow  (Stand Up)
2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (Stand Up)
2013 Iris - Film for Tropfest 2013 (Actor/Creator)
2013 National Youth Writers Festival - Various performances
2013 Sydney Comedy Festival Cracker Night - Host - Metro Theatre, Sydney and The Concourse, Chatswood
2012 Pridefest WA - Solo Performance
2012 Splendour in the Grass - Comedy Spot
2012 Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies Australian Tour - Support Act Brisbane
2012 Homebake Festival - Comedy Spot
2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala - Comedy Spot
2010 Falls Festival, Marion Bay and Lorne - Comedy Spots
2009 Shiny Thing – Acting Role, Short Film
2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
2009 Class Clowns Gala – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2008 Young Blood Comedy Tour
2008 Squeaky Clean Comedy
2007 Eskimo Jokes – Guest Performer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2007 Young Blood Comedy Tour

 

Awards

2016 Nominee: Lastminute.co.uk Edinburgh Comedy Awards - Best Comedy Show - The World Keeps Happening
2016 Winner: Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Pinder Prize - Boundless Plains To Share/The World Keeps Happening
2016 Nominee: Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show - Boundless Plains To Share/The World Keeps Happening
2015 Nominee: Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards - Best Newcomer Award - Taxi’s & Rainbows & Hatred
2013 Winner: ARIAs Best Comedy Release - Tom & Alex: The Bits We're Least Ashamed Of.
2009 Winne: Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Best Newcomer Award - Tom Ballard Is What He Is.

 

 

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Updated: September 2016