18 November 1973 |
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Merrick Watts (born 18 November 1973) is an Australian comedian, radio host and television presenter. He is best known for performing stand-up comedy and radio works as part of the comedy duo Merrick and Rosso with Tim Ross.
Watts is married to Georgie Sulzberger. They have a son called Wolfe Henry Watts.
Merrick currently hosts his own drive show Merrickville on the Triple M LocalWorks network.
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. 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.-
In September 2011, Watts signed with Triple M. He is 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 will come to an end by the end of November 2013.
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. In 2003 their television show Merrick and Rosso Unplanned debuted on the Nine Network followed by the 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 (aka "Mr Asia") in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.
- Rao, Shoba: Merrick Watts leaving Nova 969, News.com.au, 24 August 2011.
- "Merrick Watts stars as Mr Asia Marty Johnston in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities". News.com.au. Australia: News Corp Australia. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2014-01-13.