The Bugle

‘Twas an honour to co-host The Bugle alongside David O’Doherty. Listen to us laugh about the apocalypse here:

MICF Great Debate

Had a ball taking on the MICF Great Debate again! I lead the affirmative team alongside the tremendous DeAnne Smith and Andy Zaltzman against the evil and depraved Sammy JJanelle James and Rhys Nicholson on the topic: “YOU’VE GOT TO FAKE NEWS TO MAKE NEWS.”

It was all hosted by Stephen K. Amos and it was jolly good fun.

You can watch the whole thing on ABC iView here. 

My piece for the Guardian on PC & Comedy

“Tom Ballard looks like an enormous baby: we should use him to ween paedophiles off children.”

When Jimmy Carr delivered that line at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal in July 2015, the drunken crowd erupted in gasping laughter. Jimmy and I were facing off in the Roast Battle, a one-on-one competition in which two comics go head-to-head, inflicting brutal jibes upon one another for entertainment. The line made me double over. It’s horrific, yes – but it’s also a bit true. I do look like a giant baby. That’s why it was funny.

I tried to give as good as I got: “Jimmy Carr’s mother died in 2001. She died of pancreatic cancer and yet Jimmy’s still not considered ‘side-splitting’.”

The crowd groaned and looked at me like I was a reprehensible human being. But they also laughed. Hard.

Read the full thing here.

Problematic 2017

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My 2017 stand up show is called Problematic.

It’s a funny show about whether anything can be funny anymore.

I’d bloody love you to come along to it. Please? Thanks.

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PERTH (WORK IN PROGRESS): TUESDAY JAN 31st – SUNDAY FEB 5th @ LAKSA LOUNGE, NOODLE PALACE

All tickets $26, available here. Please note this is a WORK IN PROGRESS; there will be notes, pauses and mistakes. But also the thrill of seeing something piping hot and fresh and emerge from a cocoon as a beautiful butterfly.

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ADELAIDE: FRIDAY FEB 17th  SUNDAY 26th (9 SHOWS) @ THE CORONA THEATRE, THE GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS

8:15pm. Tickets from $27 – $35, available here.

AUSLAN interpreted Wednesday 22nd.

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HOBART: WEDNESDAY MARCH 15th @ THE SPIEGELTENT (ONE SHOW ONLY) 

For Hobart’s Ten Days On The Island. 7pm.

Full $38, Concession $30. Tickets available here.

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BRISBANE: TUESDAY MARCH 21st – SUNDAY 26th (6 SHOWS) @ THE VISY THEATRE 

8:15pm (7pm Sunday). Tickets from $25 – $35, available here.

AUSLAN interpreted Wednesday 22nd.

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MELBOURNE: THURSDAY MARCH 30th – SUNDAY APRIL 23rd @ THE SUPPER ROOM, MELBOURNE TOWN HALL 

7pm (6pm Sundays). Tickets from $24 – $34, available here.

AUSLAN interpreted Wednesday 12th April.

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SYDNEY: THURSDAY MAY 4th – SUNDAY MAY 7th @ GIANT DWARF THEATRE 

9:30pm (8:30pm Sunday). Tickets $27, available here.

AUSLAN interpreted Sunday May 7th.