Merrick Watts

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Merrick Watts
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Born (1973-11-18) 18 November 1973 (age 44)
Melbourne, Victoria
Station(s)Triple M
NetworkSouthern Cross Austereo
Spouse(s)Georgie Sulzberger

Merrick Watts (born 18 November 1973) is an Australian comedian, radio host and television presenter living in Sydney. He is best known for performing stand-up comedy and radio works as part of the comedy duo Merrick and Rosso with Tim Ross.


Stand up[edit]

Watts began his career in comedy and first came together with Tim Ross when they teamed up for a one off comedy show in 1996.[1] They had many stand up shows and comedy tours across Australia and appeared at many comedy festivals. They also published the comedy books "Merrick and Rosso, The Book" and "Merrick and Rosso, The Book Volume 2".


Watts began his radio career with Tim Ross at Triple J performing a weekly guest spot on the drive-time program on Triple J radio in 1998 as Merrick and Rosso. They became full-time presenters and then in 2001 they moved to newly launched commercial radio station Nova 96.9 for the breakfast radio shift. Co-hosts on the breakfast show included Katrina Blowers, Sami Lukis and Kate Ritchie. Ross left the successful radio program in 2009.

Merrick continued on the breakfast show in 2010 with new co-hosts Scott Dooley and Ricki-Lee Coulter, although he announced on 24 August 2011 that he was leaving the show and the station on 2 September 2011.[2]-

In September 2011, Watts signed with Triple M. He was the host of a drive & night show called Merrick and the Highway Patrol with Rachel Corbett and Julian 'Jules' Schiller. The radio program was cancelled due to poor ratings and came to an end in November 2013.

In late 2013, it was announced that Merrick would co-host the new Breakfast program on 2Day FM alongside Jules Lund & Sophie Monk with Mel B, replacing The Kyle and Jackie O Show.

In October 2014, Southern Cross Austereo announced that Jules, Merrick & Sophie on 2Day FM would be axed due to poor ratings throughout the year and replaced by The Dan & Maz Show.

In 2015, Watts returned to Triple M to host his own drive show, Merrick and Australia which was later renamed Merrickville.


The first television series hosted by Merrick and Rosso was Planet Merrick and Rosso (later known as Super Planet Merrick and Rosso) on The Comedy Channel. They had a guest role on top rating Australian drama series All Saints in 2003.[3] In 2003 their television show Merrick and Rosso Unplanned debuted on the Nine Network followed by The B Team on Network Ten in 2005. In 2008, they returned to the Comedy Channel with an original format entitled The Merrick & Rosso Show.

Watts had a regular role in the 2008 television comedy series The Hollowmen as Nick, a senior adviser to the prime minister. In 2009 he played the small but crucial part of Marty Johnstone in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.[4]

Watts made a number of guest appearances on television shows such as Thank God You're Here, Rove Live, ADbc, Show Me the Movie!, Studio 10, The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention? & Hughesy, We Have a Problem.

In 2013 Watts hosted the 8 part ABC1 TV show Tractor Monkeys.

Other work[edit]

Merrick voiced a cartoon shark in the 2011 Movie Extra animated series "Shaaark".

Personal life[edit]

Watts is married to Georgie Sulzberger. They have a son called Wolfe Henry Watts and a daughter named Kinga Rose.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  2. ^ Rao, Shoba: Merrick Watts leaving Nova 969,, 24 August 2011.
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  4. ^ "Merrick Watts stars as Mr Asia Marty Johnston in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities". Australia: News Corp Australia. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
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