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, all with his silly friend, 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.
He has been invited to perform at prestigious venues such as The Mic in Hand in Melbourne, the Sydney Comedy Store and Brisbane Powerhouse. He has been chosen to perform as a feature act at RAW Comedy Final the same event that he will co-MC in 2011 to be broadcast on ABC TV, he was part of the star-studded Young Blood Comedy Tours in 2007 and 2008 and was a guest performer in the 2007 Melbourne Comedy Festival's Eskimo Jokes show.
Tom was one quarter of the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Comedy Zone, a showcase of the best up and coming talent in the country as selected by the festival. 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 recognizes independent shows that “buck trends and pursue the artist’s ideas more strongly than it pursues any commercial lure”.
Following on from his successes in Melbourne, in 2009 Tom traveled overseas to perform at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and then on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Rounding out 2009, Tom then brought a brand new stand-up show to the Melbourne Fringe Festival. In 2010, Tom returned to the Melbourne Comedy Festival and visited the Brisbane Comedy Festival for the first time with a new show, Cogito Ergo Some Funny where he played to packed houses.
Tom has been a guest on an extensive range of radio shows all around Australia, and can be seen as a regular guest on Network Ten’s Good News Week and The 7PM Project.
In 2011, Tom’s first DVD was released of his award winning show Is What He Is as part of the Warehouse Comedy Festival series. A 30 minute television special of this recording will also be aired on ABC TV in 2011.
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.”