At twenty-two, the comedian still resembles a naughty boy at school. Despite being a regular to the Comedy Festival since 2008 and co-hosting triple j breakfast with Alex Dyson, Tom Ballard still conveys that classic childish guilt, anxiously peering out at the audience, wondering whether he will get away with it. And most of the time he does.
In “Doing Stuff” Ballard tackles the heavy political stuff, Australian politics, his own body issues, world issues, gay marriage (or as he calls it “fag-gage”) and the aboriginal tent embassy – Oh yes he went there. From the start Ballard is relatable to the audience, honest and likeable. He’s just an ordinary guy who follows a general moral code of “don’t be a douche-bag”, hates exercising, is a vegetarian who loves meat and loves a good dick joke.
Ballard is offensive and extremely hilarious. His show is old school, a blend of charm, storytelling and audience bantering. Ballard does express warning: “never sit in the front row.” Nothing is off-limits, Ballard continuously ridicules an audience member about her lack of education, although insulting Ballard conveys an awkwardness which is extremely funny.
This is not however a good show to take your dear homophobic grandma to. Ballard’s homosexuality is often a major component in his comedy shows, “Doing Stuff” is no different Ballard focuses on the controversy of ant-gay marriage commentators which is smart and very tongue-in-cheek. The audience lap up Ballard’s hysterics and abuses united through laughter it is clear that the audience are in support of gay marriage rights. Yet when things get too politically heavy Ballard successfully makes the audience groan and clutch nauseous stomach by telling “the worst gay story I’ve ever heard.” And yep, it’s bad.
Ballard is more than just your good dick-joking comedian. He’s going places.
First published on The Pun