At the age of 21, Tom was invited to perform at numerous venues around the country, such as a mic in hand, the Comedy Store, Horden Pavillion and the Brisbane Powerhouse. He also has been the feature act at the RAW Comedy finals and was part of the star-studded Young Blood Comedy Tours. Tom is also a favourite at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
In April 2009, Tom brought his debut solo show, “Tom Ballard Is What He Is” to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was the youngest person ever to take out the prestigious Best Newcomer award. Tom was also nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award in the same year.
From 2010-2014 Tom hosted triple j breakfast, where he picked up a cult following that continues to grow today.
“Watch this boy: he’s going places.”
“instincts of a comedian twice his age.”
Michael Hing is a stand-up comedian and definitely a grown-up. He is too self-conscious and insecure to write a serious bio but he certainly can hide many of his achievements in amongst hurtful, largely self-sabotaging prose, with more unwieldy irony than quite frankly you or anyone else in the entertainment industry would ever be comfortable with. (Please employ him).
He was slated to appear at the invite-only World’s Funniest Island Comedy Festival before the entire operation went bankrupt due to poor business decisions such as inviting Michael Hing (with his, honestly, less-than-broad appeal) to perform at this event. He has also lost the prestigious Raw Comedy Competition several times (twice as a NSW State-Finalist) and it is now at the point where annually, the organizers actually plead with him not to enter, and (like a true gentleman) every year he obliges them.
“Michael isn’t so much telling jokes anymore as he is dealing with his issues.”
“Michael King was fantastic!“
–Mark Colvin, ABC Radio