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“He might be a cunt but at least he’s not a landlord” | Tom Ballard boils millennial angst about capitalism into a single excellent hour

There is a reason that Tom Ballard is a multi-award winning comedian and it simply because he is brilliant. Former host of topical comedy show Tonightly, Tom takes the chaos that has been inflicted on contemporary twenty-somethings and finds a way to make you laugh about it.

His new show Enough at the Edinburgh Fringe directly calls out Baby Boomers for their role is severely ruining the planet for us of all. He touches on climate change and property prices and the job market and manages to channel our shared raged into some genuinely enjoyable belly laughs.

He also has some solid fart and dick jokes in his hour, which are surprisingly charming.

Tom has definitely done his homework when it comes to UK hot topics. While acknowledging that his home country of Australia is just as messed up politically, Tom touches on Brexit in a way that is genuinely original and very funny. And this isn’t easy when it’s so prevalent in the news, and has been dragging on for so long, and every comedian and their mum has a tired hot take opinion on the matter.

He links everything he has to say effortlessly together. From gay saunas to dog walking to Boris Johnson to farting in a crowded tube carriage, somehow Tom manages to make it all flow seamlessly. His construction is excellent.

For an audience of millennials desperately attempting to navigate today’s mercurial economy, Tom is the relief that we need. He is angry but sweet and shows enough self-awareness about his own success that you don’t resent him for it.

Tom’s rage is infectious, but you leave the show feeling energised and almost optimistic. Not entirely like we can fix the shitty things we deal with on a daily basis, or that we won’t all come to a moist and miserable end because we can’t afford post-climate change real estate. But that we can at least embrace it with a bit of gallows humour.

5 stars

Tom is performing at Monkey Barrel Comedy from 1-12 and 14-25 August.

Find out more about Tom: http://tomballard.com.au/

Get your ticket here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/tom-ballard-enough


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