Can 12 Comedians Figure Out Who the Bloody Hell Australia Is?

Campaign for Australian Aid announces Comedy Gala to be hosted by Tom Ballard.

7 September 2016



Can 12 Comedians Figure Out Who the Bloody Hell Australia Is?

Campaign for Australian Aid has today announced that award-winning comedian, Tom Ballard, will host its Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Comedy Gala to be held in Melbourne on 22 September.

Ballard will be joined by 11 of Australia’s most talented comedians including Tripod, Nelly Thomas and Shiralee Hood as the Gala encourages people to place our national identity, values and global citizenship under the microscope.

“So our election was pretty much a draw, the Census was an #EpicFail and I’m still not Prime Minister: truly, these are confusing times to be an Australian,” said host, Tom Ballard. “In such an atmosphere, I’m very happy indeed to be hosting the Campaign for Australian Aid’s inaugural Comedy Gala, Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We?

Mr Ballard added: “I’ll be bringing on a spectacular bill of funny friends who’ll make us all laugh and remind us that we have been, occasionally still are, and definitely should aim to be a great country that helps out others when we can.

“We normal people are actually in charge of defining who we are as a nation, not the soulless suits in Canberra, so why not do it while laughing?”

To get a free laugh, supporters can go to to invite their local MP. Prizes will be given away on the evening with Australians being encouraged to drive the issue via social media using the #WhoAreWe hashtag.

“Australians love their comedy and this is a fun way to bring Australia’s performance as a global citizen on a range of issues such as equality, climate change, refugees and Australian aid to the forefront,” said Director of the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.

Full talent list:

Tom Ballard (Host)

Nelly Thomas


Shiralee Hood

Geraldine Hickey

Umit Bali

Laura Davis

Osamah Sami

Michael Chamberlin

Candy Bowers – Hot Brown Honey

Randy (the Puppet)

Demi Lardner

Event details:

Event: Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Comedy Gala

Location: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Time: 6:30pm arrival for a 7pm sharp start

Tickets: invite your local MP via to get a free laugh

Event hashtag: #WhoAreWe


If you’d like to attend the Gala, arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne or the talent, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133.

About Campaign for Australian Aid

The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Australia coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.

This campaign is backed by Australia's aid & development groups

Business for Development is for Australian Aid VGen is for Australian Aid Australian Conservation Foundation is for Australian Aid
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