TOM BALLARD – Problematic – Sydney Comedy Festival


A Token Event:

A funny show about whether anything can be funny anymore.

Tom Ballard doesn’t like to brag, but he is desperate for validation, so let’s talk about his achievements. 2016 brought him nominations for Best Show at both the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, aka the two biggest live comedy awards in the world.

No biggie.

He also nabbed the inaugural Pinder Prize (a grant named in honour of comedy impresario John Pinder), made his American television debut on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and took out the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer.

Tom’s podcast Like I’m A Six-Year- Old continues to grow from strength to strength and at the end of 2016 he appeared in SBS’s ground-breaking series First Contact.

Simply put, Tom Ballard is a very funny and very interesting comedian. Don’t miss seeing one of the country’s most exciting and insightful voices live onstage as he tackles everything from PC to outrage culture to race relations.

“this is a vitally relevant show, boasting plenty of excellent routines underpinned by a biting wit and fierce social conscience. Ballard is primed to be at the forefront of a new generation of politically motivated comics, and you couldn’t want for a more dynamic poster boy.” ★★★★ – Chortle

“Engaged, conscientious and consistently, archly funny, Ballard is precisely the sort of political commentator the world needs.” ★★★★ – The Scotsman

Doors at 9pm for a 9:30pm start. (Sunday show 1 hour earlier)

Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


  • Thursday 4 May 2017
    4 May 2017
    9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Friday 5 May 2017
    5 May 2017
    9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Saturday 6 May 2017
    6 May 2017
    9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Sunday 7 May 2017
    7 May 2017
    8:30 pm - 9:30 pm



199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, Sydney, 2016, Australia