Whether it’s his infectious humour over radio and television, his extraordinary performance on the hit reality-military training show SAS: Australia or his exceptional wine expertise, it’s no doubt that Merrick Watts is one of the most versatile and enthralling entertainers in Australia.
Merrick founded a quaint touring comedy festival called Grapes of Mirth in 2018. Grapes of Mirth pulls together a bunch of Merrick’s comedian mates to perform stand up at wineries around the country. These acclaimed, sell out shows, continue to gain popularity and praise as a hell of a great weekend away.
Merricks originally rose to fame in the early 2000s as one half of the comedy duo Merrick and Rosso who together took triple j drive to all time ratings highs and were the first voices on the commercial NOVA network. They then built a cult TV fan base with shows on Nine, Ten and the Comedy Channel.
As a solo performer, Merrick carved out a new course: as an actor on The Hollowmen and Underbelly; and as a comedian, touring a solo show for the first time in 2017 with Man of the House.
In 2020, Merrick undertook a physically and psychologically demanding training course as part of his appearance in Channel 7’s SAS: Australia. The record-breaking show saw Merrick push himself to the limit as he underwent a series of tests from the real SAS selection process. He discusses his experiences on the show in his successful, ongoing solo wine show An Idiot’s Guide to Wine.
Merrick has and continues to appear on television on such shows as Thank God You’re Here, The Project, and Hughesy We Have a Problem. He has also appeared as a regular panellist on Network Ten’s Studio 10.
He’s a stand-up bloke, pardon the pun.
2023 – Escape Mag/ Channel 7: Escape To … (Host)
2022 – SBS: Celebrity Letters and Numbers
2022 – Channel 7: The Morning Show (regular guest)
2021 – Channel 7: Australia: Now and Then (Guest)
2020 – ABC Comedy: SAS Australia (Contestant)
2020 – ABC Comedy: Whovians (Panellist)
2020 – 2021 Network TEN: Hughesy We Have a Problem (Panellist)
2020 – Online: In Vino Veritas with Merrick Watts and Guests (Host)
2020 – SBS: Celebrity Mastermind (Guest)
2020 – Network TEN: Studio 10 (Guest Co-Host)
2019 Network TEN: Studio 10 (Guest Co-Host)
2019 Network TEN: Show Me The Movie (Guest)
2019 – Network TEN: Celebrity Name Game (Guest)
2019 – Channel 7: The Chase: Celebrity Edition (Guest)
2018 – ABC TV: Tomorrow Tonight (Panellist)
2018 – Network TEN: Hughesy We Have A Problem (Panellist)
2017-18 – Fox Sports: The Back Page (Panellist)
2018 – Network TEN: The Project (Guest Co-Host)
2018 – Network TEN: Bring Back…Saturday Night (Guest contributor)
2018 – Network TEN: Studio 10 (Guest Co-Host)
2018 – Channel Nine: Eat Well For Less (Guest contributor)
2017 – Comedy Channel: Just For Laughs Australia (Stand Up)
2014-17 – Network TEN: Have You Been Paying Attention?
2015-17 – Nine Network: The Today Show (regular guest)
You can download a full list of Television credits below
2023 – Triple M: Mick & Molloy – (regular Guest spot)
2023 – ARN: Picture Discuss (Host)
2022 – ARN: Family Feud Podcast (Guest)
2021 -2023 – ARN/iHeartRadio: SAS The Debrief Podcast (Host)
2020 – Triple M: Kennedy and Molloy (Guest Spot)
2019 – Triple M: Kennedy and Molloy (Guest Spot)
2019 – 2GB: 2GB Afternoons (Guest Co-Host)
2019 – News Corp: Police Tape Podcast (Host)
2017 – Triple M Sydney: Drive Merrickville
2015-16 – Triple M National: Drive Merrick and Australia
2014 – 2Day FM: Breakfast Jules, Merrick and Sophie
2012–2013 – Triple M National: Drive Merrick and the Highway Patrol
2010–2011 – Nova 969: Breakfast Merrick, Dools and Ricki Lee
2008–2009 – Nova 969: Breakfast Merrick, Rosso and Kate Ritchie
2001–2008 – Nova 969: Breakfast Merrick and Rosso
1998–2000 – Triple J: Drive Merrick and Rosso
2018-ongoing Grapes of Mirth
Comedy show series hosted at wineries across Australia.
2022 – ongoing An Idiot’s Guide to Wine
Touring Solo Show
2018 Not Just For Laughs Festival
Regional Queensland Comedy Tour with Mel Buttle
2017 Man Of The Hour – Solo Show
Perth Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival
2020 The Critic and The Comic – Delicious Magazine
Column with Mike Bennie
2020 Escape Magazine (Newscorp) – Regular Contributor
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 New Year’s 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!
2017: Perth Fringe Festival – Nominee, Best Comedy Show – Man of the Hour
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