I’ve been a fan of this brilliant podcast for years and was stoked to sit down with Stuart Goldsmith for an episode. We covered my start in comedy, my crippling need for affirmation, awards, politics and the state of my bedroom.
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 J, Janelle 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.
“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.