I haven't seen alleged comedian Tom Ballard very often on TV, but on the occasions I have, I didn't recognize much sign of talent.
A month or two back, when the ABC was running promos of him as star of a new daily (for goodness sake!) half hour format of comedy news commentary, I meant to comment that it looked very amateurish - remember him swinging around on a chair with his hands in the air? Just looked like they didn't have a clue as to what to do to make a smart or witty promo.
I tried watching the actual show last night. Even the name ("Tonightly") has "lame" written all over it.
Truly, it was awful, and I still utterly fail to see that he has any natural talent as a comedian, or basic likeability, at all. A half hour of topical material every day is a big ask for him, and his writers, but honestly, if it's going to be as bad as this, it deserves not even trying.
Speaking of basic likeability: I don't know anything about how amateur chat show Aaron Cheng Tonight came to be made - it looked more like a university student media project than a serious effort at TV - but I have to say, Cheng and some of the others on the show did have an appealing, dag-ish likeability which made it watchable, even with a very high rate of joke failure.
And another show I have only recently started watching: Rosehaven. The leads are really good in their roles, I think. Not the funniest show on TV, but it's quite appealing in its way.