The past 10 years has seen something of a departure from the ’90s comedy that was characterised by observation, towards a more confessional stand-up. Is this because, as every person over 40 seemingly believes, generation Y are a bunch of self involved narcissists? Does it matter when the comedy being produced is so funny? Ballard is a relative newcomer whose latest act My Ego is Better Than Your Ego gives him an opportunity to get the attention he craves, and the audience the opportunity to laugh with (or at) him. The Triple J Presenter is baring his soul and possibly his health issues for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this month.