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I think Damien Power is one of the most exciting comedians in Australia right now. He opened for Tenacious D on their Australian tour a few years back (I saw the show and he crushed it) and his 2015 stand up show I Can’t Believe I Cared was nominated for the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Damien’s comedy is not only hilarious, it’s extremely well-informed and socially conscious. In this chat we covered cats (shout-outs to Jerry the Persian), what the film Jurassic World tells us about capitalism and the growth economy, anarchy, conspiracy theories and the impending World War III that’s coming to obliterate us all. Enjoy!
I am stoked/terrified to announce that I’ll be making my Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in August 2015.
Here’s the shit to get that sweet international buzz cookin':
Australian TV and radio star Tom Ballard has arrived for his Edinburgh Fringe debut. Having sold out shows across his home country and supported the likes of Stephen Merchant and Wil Anderson, his blistering new hour of stand up tackles the big issues: love, sex, loneliness, scabies and finding the courage to be one’s self.
At just 16 years of age, Ballard was a national finalist in RAW Comedy (the Aussie version of So You Think You’re Funny). In 2008 he was handpicked by the Melbourne Comedy Festival to be showcased in The Comedy Zone and the following year he became the youngest ever winner of the Festival’s coveted Best Newcomer Award for his hilarious and deeply personal show, Tom Ballard Is What He Is.
The Aussie public is mighty familiar with Tom’s voice and boyish, pale face. For four years, Tom co-hosted a top-rating breakfast show on national youth network triple j; a CD of his finer broadcasting moments took out the gong for Best Comedy Release from the Australian Recording Industry Association. Last year, at just 24, Tom hosted his very own TV panel show, Reality Check – a gleefully fun and whip-smart deconstruction of reality television.
But it’s live onstage that Ballard truly feels at home. Catch Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred and see what all the fuss is about.