The Bugle #4155


‘Twas an honour to be on The Bugle this week with Andy and Hari Kondabolu, desperately trying to find some semblance of comedy amongst fucking everything.


Stan Australia’s Lockdown Comedy Festival


I had to film myself in my own apartment talking about having gay sex with a witch for Stan Australia‘s Lockdown Comedy Festival and it was really hard so please watch it. You get to see lots of funny people being funny and you get to see inside their houses like a real creep.

I’m in episode one which is streaming right now, check it out here.


Podding In The Pandemic

In these wild and crazy times of COVID-19 and late capitalism shitting its pants, I’ll be staying home and continuing to put out my little politics-focussed podcast, Like I’m A Six-Year-Old.

It’s a one-on-one conversation with people from across the political spectrum: activists, sitting politicians, journalists, artists and one week, my mum and dad. I try to make these conversations honest, helpful, “civil” (with swearing) and fun. I talk to people I admire and others I hate, but I always try to understand why folks believe what they believe and where they’re coming from.

Previous guests have included the likes of Waleed AlyLyle SheltonTanya PlibersekSam Newman, Alain de BottonYassmin Abdel-MagiedPauline Pantsdown, Adam BandtPeter Reith, Sally McManusWil AndersonFather Bob Maguire and many more.

I love making this show and I really believe that as we try to get through this crisis as a country and as a species, there are lots of vital and fascinating conversations to come about who we are and how we organise society. I’m committed to keep making the show for free and without any ads.

The show’s on iTunes, libsyn and Spotify.

If you’re in a position to do so, you can support the show via Patreon here. Any contribution at all is amazing and very kind of you.

You can join the show’s Facebook group here.

Honestly the best thing to do is just subscribe, review, enjoy (hopefully) and share the show as widely as you possibly can.

I’m always up from hearing from you too: you can email me on [email protected]

Thanks, stay safe and I look forward to being in your ears.




My 2020 stand up hour is called GRANDILOQUENT

Grandiloquent: adj. pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

Tom Ballard is grandiloquent. He’s got heaps of grandiloquence. He’s hands-down one of Australia’s most grandiloquent comedians.

He’s also one of the funniest. In 2019, Tom sold out shows all over the world to critical acclaim and annoyed a lot of Baby Boomers on Facebook. In 2020, he’s back with a brand new hour of jokes about our cooked planet, the stupid internet and having sex with a witch.

Don’t miss this electric comic voice as he returns to Brisbane with a fresh show that tries to make some sense of right now.

WINNER Best Comedy Show, Sydney Comedy Festival 2017


Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation, the show’s seasons at the 2020 Brisbane and Melbourne Comedy Festivals have been cancelled.

All tickets will be refunded in full, please contact the ticketing outlets. It’s obviously pretty WILD out there at the moment, so please be patient when dealing with folks, even though it might be a tad frustrating.

Thank you/sorry/take care of yourself and each other/gosh. I love you.