Tom Ballard

"An entertaining, informed and damn funny trip around the zeitgeist from a compelling and spirited comedian"
- Chortle

Tom Ballard is an award-winning stand up comedian/actor/writer/broadcaster/person who always tries his best. He’s one of Australia’s hottest comic talents, he’s performed and won acclaim all around the world and he’s very pleased to meet you.

In 2009, Tom became the youngest ever recipient of the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer Award for his debut hour, Tom Ballard Is What He Is. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe for his show Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred, while his 2016 show The World Keeps Happening was nominated for Best Show in both Melbourne and Edinburgh, as well as taking out the 2016 Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer and the inaugural John Pinder Prize at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The show then went on to be recorded at the Comedy Theatre for Stan Australia’s One Night Stan series.

In 2017 Tom’s show Problematic won the Best Australian Show Award at the Sydney Comedy Festival and was hailed as one of the top three best-reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe that year.

He’s been invited to perform at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, had sold-out seasons at the famous Soho Theatre and has opened for the likes of Wanda Sykes, Stephen Merchant and Danny Bhoy. He even once roast-battled Jimmy Carr and didn’t die in the process.

Tom also has quite the taste for broadcasting and doing proper satire. He co-hosted the breakfast show on national youth radio station triple j with his dear friend Alex Dyson for four years. A collection of the “highlights” from that show, Tom & Alex: The Bits We’re Least Ashamed Of, won the 2013 ARIA for Best Comedy Release.

At just 24 years old, Tom hosted Reality Check: his very own ABC TV panel show dissecting the insane world of reality television. He’s guest hosted the ABC discussion show Q&A on multiple occasions, interviewed all sorts of political figures on his popular podcast Like I’m A Six-Year-Old, featured on the race-focussed social experiment series First Contact and for more than 150 episodes, hosted his own satirical late night show for ABC Comedy, Tonightly with Tom Ballard, which was a very naughty show that the conservative Australian government didn’t like very much at all.

You should also know that Tom dropped out of a law degree after six weeks, he’s very bad at being vegetarian and he suffers from mild eczema.

Tom is one of the country’s most exciting and insightful voices.

  • Live Shows
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Recordings
  • Writing
  • Other Notable Work
  • Awards

2019 – Enough – Solo Show
Perth Fringeworld, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Newcastle Spiegeltent, Comedy Store Sydney, Geelong Spiegletent, Easey Street Concert Hall Melbourne, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre London

2019 – #KWANDA – Play
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2018 – Tom Ballard And Friends Read A PlayThat Tom Has Written – Play
Yack Festival Sydney

2017 – Problematic – Solo Show
Adelaide Fringe, Ten Days On The Island Hobart, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre London

2017 – Boundless Plains To Share – Solo Show (Return Season)
Belvoir St Theatre – Sydney, Perth Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fring Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Comedy Theatre – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2017 – Like I’m A Six-Year-Old – Live Podcast with guest Stan Grant
Yack Festival Sydney

2016 – Boundless Plains To Share – Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2016 – The World Keeps Happening – Solo Show
Perth Fringeworld Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Comedy Store Sydney, Soho Theatre London

2014-15 – Taxi’s & Rainbows & 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

2019 – triple j: Hack (Guest)

2016 – 2DAY FM: (Sydney): Breakfast with Rove and Sam – Guest Co-Host

2015 – triple j: Nazeem Hussain Heals the World – Guest 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

2019 – ABC TV: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night All Star Gala (Comedy Spot)

2019 – Network Ten: Celebrity Name Game (Panellist)

2019 – Network Ten: Show Me The Movie! (Panellist)

2019 – Network Ten: Hughesy We Have A Problem (Panellist)

2017-18 – ABC: Comedy Tonightly with Tom Ballard (Host)

2017 – STAN: One Night Stan -The World Keeps Happening (Comedy Special)

2017 – ABC TV: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night All Star Gala (Comedy Spot)

2017 – SBS: Filthy, Rich and Homeless (Live Studio Q&A Host)

2017 – Channel 7: Behave Yourself (Contestant)

2015-17 – Network Ten: The Project (Guest host)

2016 – SBS: First Contact (Participant)

2016 – Comedy Central: (US) Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle

2016 – SBS: Sydney Mardi Gras – Live Coverage (Co-host)

2016 – Network Ten: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Allstars Gala (Comedy spot)

2015 – Comedy Channel: Just for Laughs at the Sydney Opera
House, 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 – 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 – ABC 2: Back Seat Drivers

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 Monkey’s (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

2019 – Podcast: The Little Dum Dum Club

2019 – Podcast: My Favbourite Album

2019 – Audible: What’s the Story? Podcast Series – Host

2015-19 – Podcast:  Like I’m a Six Year Old

2017 – Podcast: Listen To Love – Audible

2012 – Bandcamp Since 1989: Solo Show (Audio Recording)

2011 – Madman Entertainment: Tom Ballard Is What He Is (Stand-up DVD)

2014-17 – The Guardian: Australia Guest Contributor

2015-17 – Fairfax: Online Guest Contributor

2015 – Junkee: Guest Contributor

2014 – Sydney Morning Herald: Guest Contributor

2010-13 – JMAG: Regular Contributor

2010 – Good Weekend: Guest Contributor

2009-2010 – The Warrnambool: Standard Monthly Blog Contributor

2017: Sydney Comedy Festival Cracker Night (Stand Up)

2017: Sydney Mardi Gras Gala (Stand Up)

2016: Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival (Stand Up)

2015: 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 (The Metro Theatre, Sydney and The Concourse, Chatswood).

2012: Pridefest WA – Solo Performance

2012: Splendour In The Grass – Comedy Spot

2012: Stephen Merchant Hello Ladies Tour – Support Act, Brisbane.

2012: Homebake Festival – Comedy Spot

2010: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala – Comedy Spot

2010: Falls Festivals, 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

2017 Nominee: Helpmann Award – Best Comedy Performer – Problematic

2017 Winner: Sydney Comedy Festival – Best Comedy (Local) – Problematic

2016 Winner: Helpmann Award – Best Comedy Performer – Boundless Plains to Share/The World Keeps Happening

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 – Taxi’s & Rainbows & Hatred

2013 Winner: ARIAs Best Comedy Release – Tom & Alex: The Bits We’re Least Ashamed Of.

2009 Winner: Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Best Newcomer Award – Tom Ballard Is What He Is.