Friday, 27 November 2015
Home » Reviews » MICF »
Doing Stuff | Tom Ballard
Written by Dione Joseph   
Saturday, 31 March 2012 23:15

Doing Stuff | Tom BallardPolitics can be funny. Hilarious even. But it all depends on whether your audience is a group of Japanese monarchists. Because in that case you better be prepared to lift the game. Quickly. And that's what Tom Ballard did.

After a somewhat slow start he rapidly worked his way into a collection of politically aware 'conversations' with the audience. Despite the occasional expletive ridden outburst, most topics were mainstream issues and explored (considering the context) in a fairly unoffensive manner.

But the real skills Ballard showcased was in his ability to lift the energy of the audience through intelligent and often passionate provocations. In addition, he also covered a range of political topics offering his audiences a refreshing perspective – amidst the comedy festival flurries not all comedians necessarily derive their humour from their own personal life. Having said that, personalized sexual encounters were of course a highlight of the show.

Well-dressed, cider equipped and with a razor blade for a tongue young Ballard showed his experience and finesse at gently morphing a rightfully demanding crowd into a state of giggles. While the majority of jokes were at the expense of an unfortunate 20-year-old in the front row, Ballard did suceed in providing a stimulating sixty minutes. Maybe they should have him on television? It would certainly be a breath of fresh air to the current political reviews.

A Token Event
Doing Stuff
Tom Ballard

Venue: Swiss Club | 89 Flinders Lane (btw Russell & Exhibition Sts), Melbourne
Dates: 29 March - 22 April, 2012
Times: Tue-Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $26 – $22
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 | At the door

Pin It

Comments (0)

Subscribe to this comment's feed

Write comment

You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

PozibleAustralian Stage JobsMembers Area

Most Read

Most Read Reviews

Briefs the show, turns out to be an irreverent look at the world of burlesque or Boy-lesque as some of the promos describe...
Grey Gardens | Squabbalogic
Overall this is a unique and fascinating show, and director Jay James Moody shows a skillful knowledge of the material and...
Les Miserables | Cameron Mackintosh
The audience goes wild at the onset, clearly knowing they are in for a wonderful ride as Jean Valjean bursts onto the stage...
White Matter | Blue Room
A very good artist makes their personal experiences universal, leading to empathy and hopefully a finished product that has...
Jerry's Girls | The Production Company
In reviving this work, The Production Company has decided to open up the 'revue' giving director Dean Bryant the opportunit...