Timothy Jonathon Ross (aka Rosso) is an Australian comedian, radio host and television presenter.
Ross began his career in comedy and first came together with Merrick Watts 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". Tim Ross fronts comedy band Black Rose, who opened the V festival in Melbourne and Sydney in 2009.
Ross began his career with Merrick Watts 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 blow included Katrina Blowers, Sami Lukis and Kate Ritchie. Ross left the successful radio program in 2009. At the end of 2011 Ross rejoined breakfast radio, signing for Sydney commercial radio station Mix 106.5 with co-host comedian Claire Hooper.
In December 2012, Mix 106.5 announced that Ross and Hooper would be replaced by a new breakfast show with Sami Lukis and Yumi Stynes in 2013. Tim was appointed drive presenter on the Mix Network with anchor Matt Baseley.
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'. In 2009, Ross became a guest entertainment reporter for Nine's Today.
In 2010, he hosted Uncharted, an unsigned band competition series on MTV Australia and became the host of television series Australia Versuson the Seven Network. In 2011, Ross joined Weekend Sunrise as a Weekend All Star replacing Paul Murray. He also hosted the third season of No Leave, No Life.
As of 2012, Tim has been a regular contributor to entertainment and lifestyle website Live4.
- "Tim 'Rosso' Ross on Mix 106.5 breakfasts, seedy Aussie pubs and comedy band Black Rose". EFTM – Everything for the man. 15 February 2012.
- Rosso welcomes Bugsy on Twitter, Herald Sun, 7 June 2011.
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