Exploding with youthful energy and judgement, Tom Ballard is one rising comedian that isn’t afraid to deliver risky business of modern issues. Exploring his eccentric and often unpleasant experiences with taxi drivers, the former Triple j breakfast host found majority of laughs in his charm and delivery.
For the most part of his one hour of Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred, it should be noted that each joke depended inherently on social, sexist, racial and religious stereotyping. Whether this was good or bad, I have not decided. While the set empowered his own homosexuality successfully through poignant stories of discrimination – which, for this reason, I would recommend to my struggling closet friends – Ballard often depended on crudity to expand his punchlines and clumsily inflate them for a hope of a laugh. With the audience often bursting with laughter at his experiences with romance and then shuffling awkwardly at the idea of people ‘slitting their wrists in a bathtub’ from listening to Smooth FM, the pace of the show was offbeat and at times, less successful.
But don’t get me wrong, Ballard was enjoyable. With his minimal stage set and effects adding the perfect amount of mise en scéne, his storytelling abilities were impenetrable. Full of movement and funny segways, the energy he delivers with was youthful and experienced, enthralling the audience with wide strides and honesty when things ‘didn’t work’ like how he expected. If you’re an avid fan of Tom Ballard’s work, then Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred will tick all the right boxes, but for those a little unsure, perhaps consider how sensitive you are to hatred.
For ticket info head to www.tomballard.com.au/taxis-rainbows-hatred-in-2015/