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Like I’m a Six-Year-Old


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Tom Ballard’s interview podcast has a smart and deceptively simple premise. The comedian sits down with philosophers, journalists, political figures, activists, writers and fellow comedians and asks them to explain their guiding beliefs and motivations in basic terms – as though talking to a six-year-old.

The task is harder than it sounds. Six-year-olds don’t understand jargon, weasel words or airy obfuscations, and they have almost no experience on which to base assumptions.The formula has produced some fascinating and very funny conversations (if Ballard were truly a six-year-old, he’d be a terrifyingly astute one) with guests including Peter Reith, Alain de Botton, Arj Barker and Nur Warsame – Australia’s first openly gay imam.

Ballard will record his 100th episode live at the Wheeler Centre – with special guest Paul Oosting, National Director of GetUp. Expect a discussion that’s as curious as it is comical.


Tom Ballard

Tom Ballard is a comedian, writer, broadcaster, actor, philanthropist and philanderer. In 2009 he became the youngest person ever to win the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer Award. Since then he’s co-hosted the Triple J breakfast show for four years,... Read more

Paul Oosting

Paul Oosting is the National Director of GetUp, a one million strong member-driven organisation that has campaigned for progressive policy in Australia for over a decade. Paul has been with GetUp for six years, driving campaigns on renewable energy, consumer power and the Great Barrier Reef. GetUp r... Read more


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