Ever since he played the role of Blitzen in a local amateur production of Rock’n'Roll Santa back in 1997 in his home town of Warrnambool, Tom Ballard’s comedy career has been on a steady decline.
Having overcome serious sex and chocolate milk addictions at 14, Ballard managed to become a three-time Class Clowns National Finalist and a RAW National Finalist by 2006.
On the strength of his RAW performance, Tom was offered work with national youth radio network, triple j.
Having presented the Summer Lunch slot over the summer of 2008/2009, he presented Weekend Breakfast in 2009, and you can now find him on your airwaves daily as co-host of triple j weekday breakfast, with Alex Dyson.
At the age of 21, Tom has performed at numerous venues around the country, has supported the likes of Charlie Pickering and Fiona O’Loughlin and is a regular at many comedy rooms across Australia.
The Melbourne Age described him as “lanky”. Not that he’s bragging or anything.
In April 2009, Tom brought his debut solo show, Tom Ballard Is What He Is to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was the youngest person ever to take out the prestigious Melbourne Airport Best Newcomer award. Is What He Is was also nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award; an award that recognises independent shows that “buck trends and pursue the artist’s ideas more strongly than it pursues any commercial lure”.
Tom’s mum thinks he’s quite funny, but wishes he wouldn’t swear quite as much as he does.
Watch this boy: he’s going places
– The Age
* Tom Ballard will be performing at the Saturday Night Gala Dinner. Tickets sold separately.