Aussie comic Tom Ballard has been nominated for Best Show at both the Edinburgh Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
This year he promises to deliver funny show about whether anything can be funny anymore.
Hello. How are you today?
I don’t want to talk about my personal life.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
Bang on perfectly because I am a maverick artist with a comprehensive vision for my work.
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
Oh that whole terrifying surge of right-wing populism that threatens to cook the planet, bring about the collapse of civil society and destroy everything we hold dear?
Yeah, I should be able to get five minutes out of that.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
It’s me, Nath Valvo, Anne Edmonds and Nazeem Hussain. It’s an all-out hot Aussie LOL-factory Dream Team. We will help each other survive by throwing shrimps on the barbie, drinking Fosters and watching Neighbours.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Fin Taylor’s Whitey McWhite Face blew my mind last year and I consider Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey to be an even superior title, so I’ll be there with bells on. Adam Hess is very cheeky and makes me giggle and Rose Matafeo is hilarious. That’s it. No one else.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
I am going to have the best bloody pub meal ever in the world at the Sheep’s Heid and play some centuries-old skittles out the back if you please.
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
I am sorry for your loss. I think Democracy dying was the hardest one for me. That or Prince.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
This is too much pressure. I can’t handle it. I’m quitting comedy.
Tom Ballard: Problematic
2-27 Aug, 8.30pm