Julian Morrow

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Julian Morrow
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Julian Morrow
Birth name Julian Francis Xavier Morrow
Born 1975 (age 38)
Medium Television, radio, print and stage
Nationality Australian
Years active 1999–present
Genres Satirical Comedy
Spouse Lisa Pryor
Notable works and roles The Chaser
The Chaser Decides (2001, 2004, 2007)
CNNNN (2002–2003)
The Chaser's War on Everything (2006–2007, 2009)
The Chaser's Age of Terror Variety Hour (2008)
Yes We Canberra! (2010)
The Checkout (2013)
The Hamster Decides (2013)
Website http://www.chaser.com.au

Julian Francis Xavier Morrow (born 1975) is an Australian comedian and television producer from Sydney. He is best known for being a member of the satirical team The Chaser. As a member of The Chaser he has appeared on several ABC Television programs including CNNNN, The Checkout and The Chaser's War on Everything, of which he is also executive producer.

Personal life[edit]

Educated at St Aloysius' College in Sydney, Morrow is the son of Melvyn Morrow, a playwright and English teacher at St Ignatius' College, Riverview, who has written for musicals including "Shout! The Legend of the Wild One", and "Dusty – The Original Pop Diva". Before becoming a comedian, Morrow graduated in law at University of Sydney. He then worked as an industrial relations lawyer for the law firm Blake Dawson Waldron, now Ashurst Australia. Morrow is married to the Sydney Morning Herald columnist and former opinion page editor Lisa Pryor.[1] The couple had a child in September.[2] He claims to be a lapsed Catholic.[3] Morrow is a republican.[4]

The Chaser[edit]

Morrow first became known in the Chaser production CNNNN, in which he portrayed the Washington correspondent, always appearing on a plasma screen behind the main news anchors.

Morrow has been a regular on The Chaser's War on Everything since the pilot episode. His main field assignments include "Pursuit Trivia", where he poses random Trivial Pursuit questions at press conferences, and as the "Citizens' Infringement Officer".

Morrow during a stunt which performed a "If life were a musical" segment in late 2007.

In the latter role, Morrow, while impersonating a parking inspector, hands out fines to unsuspecting passers-by identified as a nuisance to society. These menaces include parking inspectors themselves, people with annoying mobile phone ringtones, parents who give their children bad names, people with personalised "wanker" number plates, people over-proud of their tattoos, people who wear cheesy T-shirts with lame messages and people who wear their pants too low.

Another Morrow segment is "Open Mic", in which he uses the public address system of a shopping centre, grocery store or pokies club to deliver a 'community service' announcement such as 'Please go home' or 'Can we please have a minute's silence?'.

In November 2006, Morrow filled in as presenter on 702 ABC Sydney for the Breakfast and Evenings programs. He also presented the Breakfast Show on 702 for the 2008 Australia Day Public Holiday.

In November 2009, Morrow was the lecturer for the 2009 Andrew Olle Media Lecture, speaking on offensive items in the media.

In December 2012 Morrow commented on a prank telephone call placed by 2Day FM's stars Mel Greig and Michael Christian. The telephone call was made to the King Edward VII hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge had been admitted for acute morning sickness. He stated "It's funny and I think Austereo (2Day FM's owner) was fairly silly to apologise. Prank calls are really legitimate and there's plenty of really good ones... They got through, it worked, that's fine."[5]

Shortly after it was confirmed that the nurse who had first taken the telephone call, Jacintha Saldanha, had committed suicide.[6]

In 2013 Julian Morrow and fellow Chaser Craig Reucassel set consumer TV on its head with The Checkout. The new 10-part series will aired on ABC1 from 21 March

APEC 2007[edit]

Perhaps the most controversial stunt involving Morrow and the Chaser team was the fake motorcade during the APEC Australia 2007 summit in Sydney. Despite high security, the team managed to get two SUVs, a black limousine flying Canadian flag, four "runners" (one of whom was Morrow) carrying hand-held video cameras, and two motorcycles past two security checkpoints without being stopped by police or asked for identification.

At one point, the footage showed Morrow offering to present identification to a police officer. He was waved through. The motorcade got within 10 metres of the hotel where then United States President George W. Bush was staying. Police only realised the motorcade was a hoax when Chas Licciardello, dressed as Osama bin Laden, stepped out of the limousine.

Morrow joked that there were plans for most his fellow Chaser members to be arrested, and Licciardello shot, even though at the time of the interview, there were no plans, as stated by Morrow and fellow members of The Chaser in their DVD commentary.[7]

After the incident Licciardello and Morrow were detained and questioned by NSW Police on 6 September 2007 outside the InterContinental Hotel,[8][9] and were charged under the APEC Meeting (Police Powers) Act 2007.[10] The charges were dropped in April 2008.

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