Bob Franklin is an award-winning stand-up comic, writer, director and actor.
He has been twice nominated for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award and has won the MICF Piece of Wood Award, the Sunday Age Best Comedy Show of the Year Award and the Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy Award.
His television and film work includes Bad Eggs, The Librarians, Stupid, Stupid Man, Please Like Me, Jack Irish and Thank God You’re Here.
He has written and directed two short suspense films.
He most recently directed two episodes of ‘Little Lunch’ for the ABC, Frank Woodley’s stage show, ‘I, Woodley’, ‘Lano and Woodley Fly’ and Tom Ballard’s ‘Enough’.
He followed up his Australian Shadows Literary Award-winning 2010 collection of short stories ‘Under Stones’ with the release of his first novel ‘Moving Tigers’ in February 2015.
Tom Ballard is an award-winning stand up comedian/actor/writer/broadcaster/person who always tries his best. He’s one of Australia’s hottest comic talents, he’s performed and won acclaim all around the world and he’s very pleased to meet you.
In 2009, Tom became the youngest ever recipient of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer Award for his debut hour, Tom Ballard Is What He Is. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe for his show Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred, while his 2016 show The World Keeps Happening was nominated for Best Show in both Melbourne and Edinburgh, as well as taking out the 2016 Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer. The show then went on to be recorded at the Comedy Theatre for Stan Australia’s One Night Stan series: you can watch that here.
In 2017 Tom’s show Problematic won the Best Australian Show Award at the Sydney Comedy Festival and was hailed as one of the top three best-reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe that year. He’s been invited to perform at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, had sold-out seasons at the famous Soho Theatre and has opened for the likes of Wanda Sykes, Stephen Merchant and Danny Bhoy.