Tom Ballard

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Melbourne, Australia 

Tom Ballard is a comedian who gets to perform the ancient art of stand-up
all around Australia and who also gets to talk on the radio on a regular

He began performing in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s
Class Clowns competition when he was in high school but he never won it
which has left him with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy and
bitterness and he’d rather we all just moved on.

He was a national finalist in RAW Comedy 2006 and, based on that
performance (which featured a joke about his small penis), he was
approached by the hip and funky managers at national youth radio network
triple j. They offered him some airtime and he’s since signed some
contracts and now they can’t take that back.

In 2008 Tom was selected to perform in the MICF’s Comedy Zone, a
showcase of up-and-coming comedic talent. In 2009, along with his silly
friend Alex Dyson, Tom took over the triple j Weekend Breakfast shift, as
well as performing his debut solo stand-up show, Tom Ballard Is What He
Is. The show was nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award (an award that
recognises shows which “buck trends and pursue the artist’s ideas more
strongly than [they] pursue any commercial lure”) and saw Tom become the
youngest person ever to win the prestigious Melbourne Airport Best
Newcomer Award.

Since then, Tom’s performed at the invite-only Montreal Just For Laughs
Comedy Festival, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at comedy festivals,
fringe festivals, theatres and comedy clubs all over Australia.
2010 saw Tom and Alex take over the weekday triple j breakfast show,
following in the footsteps of the likes of Wil Anderson, Adam Spencer,
Helen Razer, Mikey Robbins, Marieke Hardy and Paul McDermott. He
considers the show to be a lot of good old-fashioned fun and worth getting
up at 4am for.

You may have seen Tom wearing make-up and telling jokes on Good News
Week, Spicks’n’Specks, Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight, Can of
Worms, The Circle, triple jtv, ABC’s The Drum or as co-host of ABC TV’s
broadcast of the 2011 RAW Comedy Final with the mega-awesome
Hannah Gadsby. He appears as The Project’s Resident Expert fortnightly
and pretends to get angry and know things about issues.
In 2011, Tom released a DVD of his Is What He Is show and a half-hour
special from that taping screened on ABC2 as part of The Warehouse
Comedy Festival. 2012 will see him release a CD of his critically-acclaimed
stand up show Since 1989.


  • Australian Blues Brothers Show
  • Brad Blaze
  • Brad Croft
  • Bustagroove
  • Daryl Braithwaite
  • Jimmy Barnes
  • Katie Noonan
  • Kisstroyer
  • Lady Luck
  • NICA
  • Nyssa Large
  • Red Alert
  • Wilbur Wilde

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