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 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.
|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|
|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|
|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)|
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!
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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Last updated: October 2016