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hello there! my name’s tom and i’m an australian comedian just trying to find his way in this crazy world.

i used to cohost the triple j breakfast show, tom & alex, i do quite a bit of live stand up, and i hosted the show reality check on abc tv.

welcome to my website. here you can find out a little bit more about me, read my blog, check out any upcoming gigs i may have, check out my free podcastsign up to the mailing list and just generally have a good time.

if at any point you feel bored or disinterested in this site’s content and would prefer the excitement and giddy thrills of youtube or online pornography, i suggest opening some new tabs and having the best of both worlds.

cheers.

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This is my free weekly podcast in which I sit down with interesting people and have them explain stuff to my dumb head.

I ask activists, advocates, politicians, journalists, writers, comedians and pretty much anyone else out there to tell me who they are and what they believe in and hopefully we’ll all learn some stuff along the way and hey maybe laugh a bit why the hell not lol.

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes here or via libsyn here.

Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred in 2015

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My 2015 stand up show is called Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred and I think it’s going to be my BEST ONE YET or whatever else you need to hear in order to come along and watch it (please).

I did an early version of the show at the Sydney Fringe Festival and that was a bunch of fun, and now I am tinkering around with it to make it the best it that it can be. It’s about a bad thing that happened to me in a taxi in Newcastle, as well as loneliness, sex, love, labels and finding the courage to be yourself.

Hope to see you guys there!

 

ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL @ THE GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS (STUDIO 7)

Friday Feb 13th – Sunday March 1st, 8:30pm (no show Monday Feb 16th). Tickets available here.

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BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL @ THE BRISBANE POWERHOUSE (VISY THEATRE)

Tuesday March 10th – Sunday March 15th, 8:45pm (7:15pm Sunday). Tickets available here.

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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL @ THE SWISS CLUB

Thursday March 26th – Sunday April 19th, 8:30pm (7:30pm Sundays, no show Mondays). Tickets on sale soon.

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(Details for Sydney and Perth coming soon)

My Top 10 Tracks Of 2014

Seems everyone is talking about the #Hottest100

 

 

I can’t believe those people were in the room at the SAME TIME?!?!?!?!

See what you make of my favourite tunes of the year (here in no particular order) and then get voting yourself on the triple j website here.

 

Jungle – Busy Earnin’ 

Undeniable banger, awesome film clip, was used in the promos for Broad City - what else do ya want???

 

The Kite String Tangle – Arcadia 

Given The Chance was so damn catchy and striking, KTST had a lot to live up to, and I reckon he totally nailed it with this pop gem. This bittersweet love song about people trying and giving up gives me chills every time I hear it.

 

Robert Plant – Rainbow 

You know how there are some legacy acts out there that you see every now and again and you think “Oh that’s nice to see him/her because s/he is still around and s/he is a musical legend and their older music means a lot to me but I can’t imagine they’re STILL writing good songs?”

That’s what I thought when I saw Robert Plant on The Colbert Report earlier this year. And then he played this. And yes, it’s kind of cheesey hippy love-rock, but fuck it – that’s right up my alley.

 

Against Me! – FUCKMYLIFE666

A great song in its own right, but framed by the story of Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of a power-punk band that bravely and proudly came out as transgender, then released a corker of an album in Transgender Dysphoria Blues, it becomes seminal. I love the feeling of a song hitting you full in the face, stirring something deep inside you as you slowly realise that truly, you’re listening to an ANTHEM.

No more troubled sleep, there’s a brave new world that’s raging inside of me!

 

 

Courtney Barnett – Bein’ Around

A perfect cover of a perfect song.

 

Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

#SorryNotSorry

 

Snakehips – Days With You (Feat. Sinead Harnett)

CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON. Straight up.

 

Sun Kil Moon – I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love 

Benji is my favourite album of the year, even though it took my heart and jumped on it and wrenched it out and shot it and sliced and diced it over and over. This gorgeously simple folk tribute from a son to his mother makes me cry and even more thankful for the women in my life.

 

Phantogram – Fall In Love 

There’s so much going on in this and I’m happy about all of it. I must have listened to this at least 100 times now and every time I do, I find something new. It’s dense, interesting and confronting pop that still manages to be a bunch of fun and convey the sporadic euphoria and darkness of falling for someone.

 

Kimbra – 90s music

Nothing gives me a music-stiffy quicker than an artist making a statement and presenting the world with their singular, uncompromised vision. Kimbra just doesn’t give a fuck: she makes the demented pop she wants to make and presents it with gusto. I just love her, I loved her record, I loved her performing this on Letterman and yes, I love 90s music (and listening to it erry day). \m/