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Fresh Comedy With Tom Ballard


Fri 16 Oct 2015, 8:30pm–10:30pm

Where: Fresh On Charles, 178 Charles St, Launceston, Launceston & Northern

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Reserved Seating ($20), General Admission ($15): $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: stewartcbell

What: Fresh Comedy with Tom Ballard, hosted by Stewart Bell. Plus an astounding array of support acts, including: Jono Mastrippollito (2015 National RAW Comedy Finalist) and Ned Townsend.

When: Friday 16th October, Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8.30pm
How Much: Reserved Seating: $20, general admission: $15 (all door sales $20 If Available)

Tickets available here:

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

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 2006and, 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 has performed at the invite-only Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringeand 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 Hardyand Paul McDermott. After four years of 'Breakfast with Tom and Alex’ (and winning an ARIA), Tom decided to hang up his headphones for a well-earned sleep in and to focus on his first love, stand up.

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, This Week Live, 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 also appeared throughout 2011 and 2012 as The Project’s Resident Expert fortnightly where he pretended to get angry and know things about issues.

In 2014, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder and the ABC discovered Tom’s long lost audition tape for Australia’s Next Top Model and decided to give him a job. Each Wednesday night through August and September, Tom has his very own show on ABC TV, Reality Check in which he gets to celebrate and laugh at the insane inner workings of the cultural phenomenon that is reality television.

In his spare time, Tom suffers from eczema and has fluctuating weight issues and in the spring of 2010, he contracted scabies.

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

“…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… Four Stars.” - The Age

“…a comedian rightly being touted as one of Australia’s finest new talents…” - Chortle [UK]