My new special ENOUGH is out now on Paramount+

 

From COVID to capitalism, watch Tom Ballard try to fix everything by yelling his horrible jokes in a beautiful venue.

“One of the most fearless and hilarious voices in Australian comedy” – Wil Anderson

“An hour of absolutely hilarious white-hot rage. ★★★★★ ” – Time Out “A true barbarian.” – Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

Sign up for a free 7-day trial for Paramount+ now and ENJOY: https://bit.ly/3tW4Un1

252 – Jim Casey

Jim Casey is a firefighting unionist, socialist and co-founder of the Australian Firefighters Climate Alliance. He is an anti-capitalist GREENS EXTREMIST who has twice run as a candidate against Anthony Albanese in the seat of Grayndler.

As he gears up to run for Greens preselection to be an upper-house candidate in the 2023 NSW state election, Jim took some time to talk to me about his time leading the Fire Brigade Employees Union,  the state of the Australian labour movement, his theories on why real political power lies outside of parliament and the controversies he ran into when taking on “Albo”.

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ARTICLE: We’ve Never Seen Conditions As Bad As This by Jim Casey 

 ARTICLE: Anthony Albanese: Labor heavyweight’s Greens rival Jim Casey defends “Trotskyist” speech

Cause of the Week: Rachael Jacobs, Greens Candidate for Grayndler (support her here)

 

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My Stand-Up Special “ENOUGH” is coming to Paramount+ April 1st

Good and joyful news announced (via TV Tonight)

Four new stand-up comedy specials will screen on Paramount+.

Peter Helliar, Geraldine Hickey, Nath Valvo and Tom Ballard all perform shows at Prahran’s historic Chapel Off Chapel venue…

Tom Ballard’s had Enough. He’s had enough of COVID, anti-vaxxers, being lonely, culture wars, the super wealthy, capitalism and Baby Boomers. He’s over it. But he’s determined to fix all these things by yelling horrible jokes about them in a beautiful venue. Ballard’s fearless, he’s unrelenting and he is at his white-hot rage best in Enough.

Friday April 1 on Paramount+.

251 – Georgia Steele

Georgia Steele is a former corporate litigator and now independent candidate running in the NSW seat of Hughes at the upcoming federal election. (The seat’s currently held by former Liberal MP, now United Australia Party TRUTH-TELLER Craig Kelly.)

In this conversation I discuss with Georgia Kelly’s bizarro mind and political career, why she thinks the people of Hughes deserves better, the issues that she’s campaigning on, her rejection of political ideology and her thoughts on why the two-party system is failing.

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I’m making a cool TV show in lutruwita with Kates McLennan & McCartney

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ARTICLE: Ex-lawyer Georgia Steele to run as independent in Craig Kelly’s seat during federal election

LISTEN: Our Serious Danger episode on the “teal wave” of independents running in the upcoming election

Cause of the Week: The Family Co (thefamilyco.org.au

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ANNOUNCED: Deadloch

Stoked to be part of this new scripted comedy feminist noir murder mystery show Deadloch, from the kinds of Kates McLennan & McCartney.

Production has begun in Tasmania, Australia on “Deadloch,” a noir comedy that will be an Amazon original series.

The story is set in the once sleepy seaside hamlet of Deadloch and begins after a man’s dead body is found on the beach. Two female detectives are thrown together to solve the case, one fastidious, the other a more rough and ready type from out of town. Along with an over-eager junior they have to pool forces to solve the case while the town is putting on its annual crafts, culture and cooking festival.

The eight-part show was conceived by comedy duo Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan and will star Kate Box (“Fires,” “Wentworth”), Madeleine Sami “The Breaker Upperers”), Alicia Gardiner (“Wakefield”) and Nina Oyama (“Utopia”), as well as an ensemble cast.

“Deadloch” is to be directed between February and May by acclaimed Australian directors Ben Chessell (“The Great,” “Giri/Haji”), Gracie Otto (“The Moth Effect,” “Seriously Red”) and Beck Cole (“Black Comedy,” “Wentworth”). Production is by Andy Walker (“Rosehaven,” “The Kettering Incident”) for Prime Video, Guesswork Television and OK Great Productions.

It was written by McCartney and McLennan along with Kim Wilson, Christian White, Anchuli Felicia King, Kristy Fisher and Sami. McCartney and McLennan are also set as showrunner-producers. Fiona McConaghy is co-producer. While executive producer credits go to McCartney, McLennan, Kevin Whyte and Tanya Phegan.

The “Deadloch” cast is fleshed out by Tom Ballard, Susie Youssef (“Rosehaven”), Pamela Rabe (“Wentworth”), Kris McQuade (“Rosehaven”), Duncan Fellows (“The Letdown”), Harvey Zielinski (“Don’t Look Deeper”), Shaun Martindale (“The Tailings”), Katie Robertson (“Five Bedrooms”), Nick Simpson-Deeks (“Winners & Losers”), Mia Morrissey (“Home and Away”), Leonie Whyman (“Dark Place”) and Mick Davies (“Rosehaven”) with Holly Austin, Kartanya Maynard and Naarah.

You can read the full story on Variety here.

250 – David Shoebridge MLC

David Shoebridge MLC has served in the NSW upper house since 2010, and has been the Greens spokesperson for workers’ rights, energy and Aboriginal justice.

In 2022 he’s running to pick up another NSW Senate seat for the Greens (and it’s actually possible!).

In this conversation I ask David about NSW politics’ love of corruption, how he developed his radical politics, what the Greens could achieve in balance of power and whether Greens MPs should have anything to do with investment properties.

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The Greens’ Balance of Power pitch

Cause of the Week: David Shoebridge’s Senate campaign (nsw.greens.org.au

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249 – Palestine Justice Movement Sydney Forum: “Why We Are Boycotting The Sydney Festival”

This week I’m bringing you the audio of a panel I appeared on, discussing the reason behind and ideas around the recent boycott of the 2022 Sydney Festival.

I joined dozens of other artists in withdrawing from the Festival to protest its acceptance of $20k in sponsorship money from the Israeli embassy; a sponsorship which guaranteed Israel the honour of being a “star partner” of the festival.

Here I’m in conversation with academic Dr. Jumana Bayeh, the Executive Director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy Salem Barahmeh and my fellow boycotters Dr. Mohammed Ahmad (founding director of Western Sydney literacy outfit Sweatshop) and Maissa Alameddine (the Artist Director of the Ensemble Dandana, which is part of the Arab Theatre Studio).

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“Artists Against Apartheid Sydney Festival” petition

ARTICLE: Sydney Festival acts boycott over Israel by Farid Farid

ARTICLE: Why I’m helping to organise a boycott of this year’s Sydney Festival by Jennine Khalik

ARTICLE:Boycotts are an essential and necessary part of public life by Osman Faruqi

ARTICLE: From Safsaf to Sydney: Palestinian resistance and the festival boycott by Jeanine Hourani, Rihab Charida & Matt Chun

Cause of the Week: Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Australia bdsaustralia.net.au 

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248 – Johann Hari Returns (On “Stolen Focus”)

Writer and journalist Johann Hari has returned to the show to discuss why our brains have melted.

His new book is called Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention and it is a fascinating, depressing and insightful look at the “attention crisis” we’re facing as a society. Johann tells me about just how bad this situation is, how much social media and technology is responsible for it, its social and political implications and what the fuck we can do about it – as individuals, and as a collective.

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Johann’s first appearance on the show was back at Ep #73

You can order Johann’s latest book Stolen Focus here: stolenfocusbook.com

Read an extract of the book here

 

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