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Doing Stuff | Tom Ballard
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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






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