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Like a 15-year-old Tom Ballard catching himself admiring his friends’ bodies at the school swimming carnival, Senator Eric Abetz is confused.
The world is a confusing place: Ireland has voted in favour of marriage equality by popular vote, the US Supreme Court held that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and now radical hippies like Warren Entsch plan to co-sponsor a bill calling for change to the Marriage Act.
Dan Ilic is a political satirist who employs what he calls “evidence-based shit-stirring”. He loves taking the piss in all sorts of media; his sensibilities can be found in The Ronnie Johns Half-Hour, Can of Worms, The Mansion, Hungry Beast, his ads for GetUp!, his labour of love satire collective A Rational Fear and more recently his work for Al Jazeera’s AJ+.
In this chat (recorded in a very SPECIAL LOCATION featuring a SPECIAL CAMEO), Dan and I reflect on the furore surrounding Q&A and discuss his amazing family story, how his “inner rage” fuels him to do what he does, the saga surrounding his piece (that was originally titled) Beaconsfield: A Musical In A Flat Minor, why he recently got fired and where he sees Australian political satire going in the future.
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.