Merrick Watts

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Based in Sydney but willing to travel, Merrick Watts 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!

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 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!

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.

Merrick has since 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, Working Dog’s Logie Award winning comedy/drama satire, The Hollowmen on ABC TV, and as a team captain on ABC comedy quiz show Tractor Monkey’s.

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’re 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,Have You Been Paying Attention? and Hughesy We Have A Problem.

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. In 2017, that show transformed into Merrickville – Triple M’s Sydney Drive show, dedicated to the city that he knows and loves so well. Merrick’s goal was to create funny, compelling, sincere radio that is in touch with the city’s heartbeat. Drawing on his industry friends and loyal listeners, this was a drive show that reflected the best of Sydney.

2017 was a landmark year, with Merrick returning to the stage as a stand up comedian and performing on the Australian festival circuit for the first time since his live shows as part of Merrick and Rosso.

Merrick’s first ever solo show Man Of The Hour was a massive success, garnered him five star reviews, sold out shows and a nomination for Best Show at the Perth Fringe Festival.

In 2018, Merrick hung up the headphones for the first time in over 20 years, to focus on new and exciting endeavours.

Watch this space!


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