Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross is one of the Australian entertainment industry’s true multi-talented performers. He’s had unprecedented success in stand-up comedy, radio, acting, writing, presenting, music and more recently as a social commentator – his dry, clever, intelligent life commentary makes him a sought-after talent.
Tim currently hosts his own radio drive show each weekday from 4-6pm on 101.1 Mix FM in Sydney and Melbourne.
When Tim first teamed with Merrick Watts for a one-off comedy gig in 1996 neither realised what a force they would create. The partnership developed into comedy tours and in 1998 they started a weekly guest spot on Triple J, soon moving into full time presenting. In 2001 Merrick and Rosso moved to the newly launched Nova 96.9 for the breakfast shift and many credit the success of the fledgling station to their enormous popularity. The partnership sustained for an astonishing nine years.
That success transferred into many television ventures – starting with Planet Merrick and Rosso (later known as Super Planet Merrick and Rosso) on The Comedy Channel. And then in 2003 their television show Merrick and Rosso Unplanned debuted on the Nine Network. Their irreverence and interaction with a live studio audience saw them create a new style of late night TV that was a must-see for their legion of fans.
In 2005 The B Team aired on Network Ten and in 2008, they returned to the Comedy Channel with an original format entitled The Merrick & Rosso Show, of which Tim also had the role of Executive Producer.
Apart from success as a duo, Tim has also carved a niche as a TV reporter/presenter. In 2009, he became a guest entertainment reporter for Nine’s Today Show.
He has hosted ‘Uncharted’ and ‘Facing the Hangover’ for MTV as well as hosting the television series Australia Versus on the Seven Network. In 2011, Tim joined Weekend Sunrise as a Weekend All Star and also hosted the third season of No Leave, No Life for the Network.
More recently it was Tim’s skillful delivery on ABC’s Agony Uncles that reminded TV audiences of his all-round talent. He tapped into the mystical world of men’s psychology with his own unique brand of storytelling and sight gags and was one of the stand-out contributors.
An accomplished writer he contributes to Men’s Style Australia, Rolling Stone and The (Sydney) Magazine and in 2010, Tim released his book “Mum had a Kingswood”.
Tim has also picked up a long list of awards over the years including numerous ACRA radio awards, an Astra, GQ Man of the year award and an ARIA.
In 2013 Tim unleashed his talents into new uncharted territory with his unique stand-up show ‘Man about the House’ which was set in historical architecturally designed homes. He had sell-out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand and continues to tour nationally.
This interest in architecture has led to Tim speaking at The 50’s and 60’s House Symposium (Museum of Sydney) Home Series talks (Government House), Sydney Design Week, and he has recently become the ambassador for The Historic Houses Trust Sydney Open. In 2012 he became a member of Creative Services Advisory Committee for the Historic Houses Trust.
Tim’s many corporate engagements extend to the Mumbrella Awards, Age Good Food Guide, Toyota, Blackberry, Qantas, Microsoft, Canon, KFC, Telstra and S.A tourism.
Tim is married to Michelle and they have a two year old son Bugsy.