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Merrick Watts

As one half of Merrick and Rosso, Merrick Watts took Triple J drive to ratings highs, was the first voice on the NOVA network and built a cult TV fan base with shows on Nine, Ten and thecomedychannel.

As a solo performer, Merrick has carved out a new course: as an actor on The Hollowmen and Underbelly; and as a comedian on Thank God You're Here and The Project.

You can now hear him Monday to Friday on Triple M Drive with his very own show - Merrick and Australia. There are 23 million people in this country and you’d be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t know this radio-veteran's name.

 

MERRICK WATTS

Comedian/Presenter/Broadcaster

 

Merrick first came to Australia’s attention as one half of Merrick and Rosso, as part of the Triple J Drive show with Tim Ross. In 2000 they were the first voices on the NOVA network, launching a new radio brand and coming first in Australia’s toughest radio market – Sydney Breakfast.

 

 

 

Merrick and Rosso built a cult fan base with sold out live shows across Australia and TV series’ on Ten, Nine and the Comedy Channel.

 

 

 

Over the last few years Merrick has branched out from the double act, demonstrating his versatility as both an actor and comedian. Most notably, Merrick showed his acting chops with roles in Underbelly – The Tale of Two Cities, and Working Dog’s Logie Award winning comedy/drama satire, The Hollowmen on ABC TV.

 

 

After more than 10 years broadcasting his award winning breakfast radio show on Nova 969, Merrick made the switch to Drive with Triple M hosting the very successful Merrick Watts and the Highway Patrol, which broadcast nationally in 2012 and 2013.

 

 

 

Amongst all this, there have been numerous guest appearances in shows for all the major networks, including Thank God You Are Here, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, The Spearman Experiment, Thanks for Listening – The History of Radio, Rove Live, Burke’s Backyard, All Saints, Harry’s Practice, and Bert’s Family Feud. And more recently, Backseat Drivers, The Unbelievable Truth, Mr and Mrs Murder and Have You Been Paying Attention.

 

 

 

In 2013, Merrick became a regular face again on our TV Screens, as host of the ABC comedy quiz show Tractor Monkeys. Merrick, alongside his team captains Dave O’Neil and Katie ‘Monty’ Diamond battled through quick fire rounds of questions and games inspired by ABC TV’s eclectic archive vault. The first series aired in March 2013 and the second series from September 2013.

 

 

 

2015 saw Merrick return to his beloved Triple M after a year hosting Sydney Breakfast for 2day FM, with a national Drive radio show; Merrick and Australia. Merrick’s goal is to create funny, compelling, sincere radio that is in touch with the country’s heartbeat. Drawing on his industry friends and loyal listeners, this is a drive show that reflects the best of Australia. There are 23 million people in this country and Merrick wants to hear every single one of their stories. 

 

 

TELEVISION

2016 Silvia's Kitchen Table (Guest)
2015-16 The Today Show, Nine Netword (Regular Guest - The Mixed Grill)
2014 Back Seat Drivers (Guest Driver)
2014 Have You Been Paying Attention? (guest panelist)
2013 Tractor Monkeys Series 1 and 2 (Host)
2012 Mr and Mrs Murder Fremantle Media
2012 The Unbelievable Truths Seven
2011 Between The Lines Southern Star Entertainment
2009 Underbelly: The Tale of Two Cities (Mr Asia)
2008-2009 The Merrick & Rosso Show - Series 1 & 2. Comedy Channel
2008 The Hollowmen (Nick)
2005 The B Team. Ten Network.
2003-2004 Merrick & Rosso Unplanned - Series 1, 2 & 3. Nine Network
2003-2004 World Comedy Tour Unplanned (Dual Host). Nine Network.
2000-2001 The Fat (Regular Panelist). ABC TV
2000 Super Planet Merrick & Rosso. Comedy Channel.
1999 Planet Merrick & Rosso. Comedy Channel.
1998 Raw Comedy National Final (Dual Host). ABC TV

 

RADIO

2015-16 TRIPLE M Drive - National Merrick and Australia
2014 2Day FM Breakfast - Sydney Jules, Merrick and Sophie
2012-2013 TRIPLE M Drive - National  Merrick and the Highway Patrol 
2010-2011 Nova 969 Breakfast Merrick, Dools and Ricki-Lee
2008-2009 Nova 969 Breakfast Merrick, Rosso and Kat Ritchie
2001-2008 Nova 969 Breakfast Merrick and Rosso
1998 - 2000 Triple J  Merrick and Rosso 

 

RECENT LIVE WORK

2016 Adelaide Fringe Comedy Gala presented by A List and Triple M - charity galas (MC)
2014 Sydney Comedy Festival The Secret Show (MC)
2014 Sydney Comedy Festival Preview Night (MC)
2013 Telstra Live News Years Eve Youtube Broadcast (host)

 

CORPORATE

Merrick is well recognised as a leading performer in comedy and entertainment, and has a wealth of experience in MCing corporate events, awards nights, product launches, company Christmas parties etc. He can entertain your audience as auctioneer and even get results!  To describe him as "multi-talented" is a gross understatement (at least that’s what he reckons!). He has the incredible ability to perform in any arena, big or small, and can cater his material for all audiences, including building a multi-media powerpoint presentation chocked full of jokes, customised to suit your occasion!

Based in Sydney but willing to travel, Merrick is perfect for those gigs that Vince Sorrenti said no to, or Richard Wilkins was too expensive for.  He’s also capable of not swearing at absolutely no additional cost!

 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

2016 ACRA Awards - Winner, Best Documentary, Modern Warrior, Triple M Network

2009 ACRA Awards – Winner, Best Station Produced Comedy Segment

2009 ASTRA Awards – Winner, Most Popular Male Talent – Merrick & Rosso

2005 TV Week Logies – Merrick and Rosso Unplanned – Nominated, Most popular Light Entertainment Program

2004 ACRA Awards – Winner, Best on Air Team

2003 ACRA Awards – Winner, Best on Air Team (Metro)

2003 ARIA Awards – Winner, Best Comedy Album – From Us to Youse

2003 GQ Man of the Year Award – Comedians of the Year – Merrick & Rosso

1999 ARIA Awards – Teenage Mullet Fury – Nominated, Best Comedy Album Award

 

 

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Contact: Dioni Andis - 02 9690 5922 or dioni.andis@token.com.au 

Last updated: October 2016