Australia’s Tom Ballard Announced In Line Up For Comedy Central Roast Battle
Inspired by the gritty, competitive proving grounds of the comedy-club circuit, “Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle” is led by Roastmaster General Jeff Ross and referee/comedian Brian Moses. And this year it’ll be coming to Comedy Central over four heated nights at Just For Laughs Montreal.
Comedy Central and Jeff Ross announced today that Anthony Jeselnik, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and David Spade will serve as celebrity judges. But what's more exciting is the news that Australian Tom Ballard will take part in the battle, and will be taking on comedian Earl Skakel in his first round.
Many of you will know Tom from his days at Triple J as well as his award winning stand up shows (which have included nominations for awards such as the Fosters Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival). That same year the festival also awarded him the inaugural Pinder Prize.
This isn’t the first time Tom will be in a Roast Battle, in 2015 he took on Jimmy Carr. Check out some of Tom’s ultimate burns from the Great Debate at this years Melbourne Comedy Festival:
The Thunderdome-of-comedy tournament will be filmed live for four one-hour episodes which you’ll be able to catch on ‘Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle’ which will be airing in Australia on Monday August 1st through to Thursday August 4th at 10pm on Comedy Central, Fetch TV Ch 108. If you're in New Zealand you can catch it from Tuesday August 2nd to Friday August 5th at 9pm on Comedy Central, Sky Ch 11.
Fans can join the social conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #RoastBattle and exclusive content including individual battles and city recaps from the “Road to Roast Battle” tour will be featured on our social accounts as well as our Roast Hub.
Other comedians doing battle include Matthew Broussard, Jimmy Carr, Christi Chiello, Chris Cubas, Olivia Grace, Tony Hinchcliffe, Mike Lawrence, Ralphie May, Sam Morril, Mark Normand, Ms. Pat, Steve Rannazzisi, Earl Skakel, Sarah Tiana and K. Trevor Wilson.
First round matchups are:
Jimmy Carr vs. Christi Chiello
Earl Skakel vs. Tom Ballard
Mark Normand vs. Tony Hinchcliffe
Steve Rannazzisi vs. Sam Morril
Ralphie May vs. Ms. Pat
Matthew Broussard vs. Mike Lawrence
Sarah Tiana vs. Chris Cubas
Olivia Grace vs. K. Trevor Wilson
Check out the teaser below:
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