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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 by 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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2016: The World Keeps Happening

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Here’s my brand new stand-up show for 2016 hurrah hurrah. It’s about the state of this crazy ol’ world in which we find ourselves. And my phone. And drugs. And James Bond.

Please come!

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PERTH FRINGEWORLD @ THE GOLDDIGGER

Friday January 22nd – Saturday January 30th, 8:30pm (no show Tuesday Jan 26th). Tickets available here.

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

Friday Feb 12th – Sunday Feb 28th, 8:15pm (no show Monday Feb 15th). Tickets available here.

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BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL @ THE BRISBANE POWERHOUSE (VISY THEATRE)

Tuesday March 15th – Sunday March 20th, 8:45pm (7:15pm Sunday). Tickets available here.

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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL @ THE SUPPER ROOM, MELBOURNE TOWN HALL

Thursday March 24th – Sunday April 17th, 8:15pm (7:15pm Sunday. No show Mondays or Wednesdays.) AUSLAN-interpreted show on Thursday March 31st. Tickets available here.

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SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL @ THE COMEDY STORE

2 SHOWS ONLY! Thursday April 28th & Friday April 29th, 8:15pm. Tickets available here.

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Melbournians you are also very welcome to come along to my other show at MICF, the Moosehead-backed Boundless Plains To Share.

 

50 – Senator Scott Ludlam

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Senator Scott Ludlam is a Greens Senator for Western Australia. He’s co-deputy leader for the party and its spokesperson for issues such as communications, housing, mining and nuclear power.

Whilst in Perth I chatted with Scott about everything from DJing to his viral hit speech to the cult of personality to his journey into politics to why he’s a “Senate nerd”. Plus the issues that drive his passions: nuclear disarmament, digital rights, Julian Assange, our shitty foreign policies, the TPP, the NBN and the possibility of a Greens government.

The World Keeps Happening coming to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne AND NOW SYDNEY!

Boundless Plains To Share at MICF 2016

Gimme Shelter: a fundraiser for Road to Refuge

#LetThemStay

No Shame: Why Most Australians Feel Okay About Tormenting Asylum Seekers

Ep 48: Jim Coad

@SenatorLudlam

scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au

Scott’s blog: fieldnotes.org.au

Julian Assange found to be unlawfully detained by UN

Article: Foreign policy that blindly follows the US isn’t in our national interest

CAUSE OF THE WEEK: Save Beeliar Wetlands (savebeeliarwetlands.com), Rethink The Link (rethinkthelink.com.au)

Direct download          iTunes         libsyn

2016: Boundless Plains To Share

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I’m performing this super-special comedy event at the 2016 Melbourne Comedy Festival (alongside my stand up show The World Keeps Happening).

It’s being presented with the help of the Moosehead Awards and I think it’s going to be really different and cool.

11 PERFORMANCES ONLY. 

Here’s the hot spiel:

 

Australia has a complicated history with boats. They’ve brought us disease, trade, cane toads, the America’s Cup and Water Rats.

Oh – and people.

And fear. HEAPS of fear.

Award-winning comedian and occasional Tony Jones Tom Ballard (The Project) presents a comedic exploration of Australia’s fucked up immigration situation.

From our racist Federation to Tampa to Johnny Depp’s dogs, this show will make you piss yourself and cry so much the venue will be considered an “on-water matter”.

As seen on Q&A. As heard on triple j.

Directed by Scott Edgar.

 

TRADES HALL, NEW BALLROOM

SATURDAYS @ 5:15pm (March 26, April 2 & April 16)

SATURDAY April 9th @ 5:45pm

SUNDAYS @ 4`:15pm (March 27, April 3, April 10 & April 17)

 

MELBOURNE TOWN HALL, SUPPER ROOM 

MONDAYS @ 8:15pm (March 28, April 4 & April 11)

 

70 minutes

$22 Preview (26, 27 & 28 Mar)    |    $27.50 Adult    |    $22 Concession

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE