Matt Tilley

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Matt Tilley
Born Matthew Vernon Thompson Tilley
(1969-03-04) 4 March 1969 (age 45)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Radio presenter
Spouse(s) Susie Tilley
Children 3

Matt Tilley[1] (born 4 March 1969 in Melbourne[2]) is an Australian radio presenter and comedian who has worked for Melbourne radio station FOX FM since 1990.[3]


Tilley was raised in the Melbourne suburbs of Aspendale and Mount Eliza. He completed his secondary school education in 1986 at The Peninsula School in Mount Eliza. He completed a Bachelor of Laws degree from Monash University, taking 11 years to complete the degree.[4] He began stand-up comedy in 1987. He has three children; Grace, Jack and Oscar with wife Suzie.[5][6]


  • FOX FM Morning Crew[7]
  • FOX FM Vernon All Request[7]
  • FOX FM Hedgeburners[7]
  • FOX FM Tramspotters 1997/ Tracy & Matt in the Morning 1998–2003 with Tracy Bartram, comedian.[8]
  • FOX FM Matt & Jo Show (Formerly Matt, Jo and Benno Show) 2004 – December 2013 [9]
  • Seven Network The Chat Room 2003[8]
  • Nine Network The Great Chase 2000[10]
  • Ten Network The Fugitive 2000[10]
  • Triple M Sydney Grill Team Gotcha Calls 2010–[10]

He has also been featured as a performer on the Network Ten series Thank God You're Here and most recently co-hosted the failed Nine Network show Surprise Surprise Gotcha.[11]

"Gotcha" Calls[edit]

In early 2005, The Matt and Jo Show introduced a new segment which aired at 7:50 am titled "Matt Tilley's Gotcha Calls".[citation needed] The segment features Tilley making prank phone calls.Triple M also Features Tilley on their grill team segment where he presents the gotcha calls on a regular basis[12][13]

Gotcha Call album releases[edit]

Fox FM in association with Michael Gudinski released compilation albums of Tilley's gotcha calls, Cereal Pest: The Gotcha Calls. The album reached number twelve on the ARIA charts[14] and was also nominated for the 'Best Comedy Release' at the 2006 ARIA Awards.[12][15]

The Gotcha Calls continued throughout 2006 and eventually spawned a two disc CD sequel, Cereal Pest: Gotcha Calls - The Double Album, which was released a year later on 21 October 2006. The album reached number four on the ARIA charts.[14]

A third double CD Gotcha Call album, Cereal Pest: Gotcha Calls - Three's a Crowd, was released on 10 November 2007.[13] The album reached number fourteen on the ARIA charts.[14]

A fourth album, The Gotcha Calls – The Final Call, was released on 23 October 2009 and it reached number eight on the ARIA charts.[14]

Charitable Work[edit]

The sales of Tilley's 2006 and 2007 albums raised a total of $366,000; $160,000 for the Mercy Hospital, Heidleberg and $206,600 for the Royal Women's Hospital, Carlton. Proceeds of the third album went to community groups.

An avid runner, in September 2006, Tilley ran continuously on a treadmill for the duration of the Matt and Jo show. Soliciting per kilometre sponsorship for the Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria, he raised $41,000.[16]

In 2008 Tilley sought sponsorship for a run from the new FOX studios in Clarendon St South Melbourne to Frankston, raising $91,500 for P.A.N.D.A. (the Post and Antenatal Depression Association)[17][18]

In 2011 Tilley raised $900 for the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) through a segment that came about through his constant use of the saying "The Thing Is." An avid listener by the name of Professor Brent (stage name) was required to listen between 6 and 9 am for the period of one week to count the number of times Tilley said "The Thing Is." For every time Tilley let one slip, he agreed to donate $100 to the RCH.

He was inducted into the Monash University Golden Key Society in 2007.[19]


Album Info
Cereal Pest: The Gotcha Calls
Cereal Pest: Gotcha Calls - The Double Album
Cereal Pest: Gotcha Calls - Three's a Crowd

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Femail – Matt Tilley". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  2. ^ Reach Out. "Reach Out – Matt Tilley". Archived from the original on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  3. ^ "my family album". Sunday Herald Sun (HWT Limited). 9 July 2006. p. 100.  "...Fox FM breakfast radio co-host with Matt Tilley."
  4. ^ Matt and Jo Show
  5. ^ Lallo, Michael (20 September 2007). "Radio's sly Fox". The Age. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Destramusic Website
  7. ^ a b c Entertain OZ
  8. ^ a b ICMI
  9. ^ Matt and Jo Show Homepage
  10. ^ a b c Blueworld Speakers
  11. ^ Thom, Greg (28 November 2007). "Radio stars like Hamish and Andy fail to shine on TV". Herald Sun. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Brady, Nicole (24 November 2007). "Radio Waves". The Age. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Hargreaves, Wendy (8 November 2007). "The good side of gotcha". The Age. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "Matt Tilley in Australian Charts". Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "ARIA nominations". Herald Sun. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-14. 
  16. ^ "Samsung Melbourne Marathon". mivoice (Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria) (104): 10. Summer 2006/2007. ISSN 0816-7877. 
  17. ^ PANDA Website
  18. ^ "Fox To Frankston – Home". The Matt and Jo Show. Fox 101.9. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  19. ^ "Honorary Members". Monash Golden Key. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 February 2010.