At just 20, this drop out law student has already created quite a name for himself with regular, almost revered appearances on JJJ, a career as a stand up comic and one who keeps himself fed telling the world he is gay. His stand up routine for Feast was all about this, being a gay, his way, how he came to the realisation, coming out and life and perspectives since.
After a somewhat slow and hesitant start, Ballard kicked into gear playing off his child hood years being raised in Warrnambool and an early love for amateur and school musicals. Once out, he mused about life’s changes from no longer being able to donate blood to observing a somewhat gross act on a tram.
Ballard is young, charming and intelligent though not yet possessing all of the class of this Feast’s lesbian equivalent, Deanne Smith. Nonetheless, going on stage anywhere and recounting such stories takes guts and despite small ‘l’ liberal rants about Australians being bigoted red necks it is to everyone’s credit that he can be enjoyed and admired for delivering a wholly entertaining hour on such a topic to a ‘mixed crowd’ without generating controversy or opprobrium.
Nice work Tom, keep it up.
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