FUNNY MAN

TOM BALLARD’S NEW GIG ON ABC

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE MCGRANE

The ABC is get­ting se­ri­ous about com­edy, so se­ri­ous it’s launch­ing a whole chan­nel ded­i­cated solely to the genre.

ABC Com­edy will be re­plac­ing ABC2 and, every week­night, co­me­dian Tom Ballard will host flag­ship show

Tonightly on the new chan­nel. The top­i­cal panel show will fea­ture skits, in­ter­views and a team of comedic con­trib­u­tors in­clud­ing Greta Lee-Jack­son ( Skit Box), Greg Larsen ( Fancy Boy) and Bri­die Con­nell ( Whose Line Is It Any­way? Aus­tralia).

“Bri­die, Greta and Greg will be work­ing their lit­tle butts off to make pack­ages for us for every night and will be join­ing me at the desk to re­flect on the day’s news,” Ballard says.

“And we’ve got a whole fam­ily of con­trib­u­tors around the coun­try who will also be pulling to­gether things every now and again to get that sweet, sweet con­tent and fill 26 min­utes every night.”

The pres­sure is on as a new episode will air every night from Mon­day to Thurs­day, while Fri­day’s episode will look back on the week.

The show will have a looser, more re­ac­tive, style than some of the other weekly desk com­edy shows on TV.

“We’re go­ing to pre-tape it at 7pm, then we go to air at 9pm,” Ballard says.

“By the na­ture of the show and how it all rolls out, we’ll pretty much be loosey-goosey, we’ll be rolling out the tap­ing pretty much as live. There’s not a lot of room for er­ror, but that’s kind of fun.”

Tonightly With Tom Ballard airs week­nights, 9pm on ABC Com­edy

ABC Com­edy will fea­ture Tonightly with Tom Ballard.

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