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.
Tim has won multiple ACRA radio awards and has the rare distinction of hosting both a number one Sydney breakfast and drive show.
Tim’s partnership with Merrick Watts, which began with a one-off comedy gig in 1996, remains one of the most successful and well know comedy duo’s in the country. Their popular radio show first aired on Triple J and in 2001 they moved to the newly launched Nova 96.9 and many credit the success of the fledgling station to their enormous popularity.
Their on-air partnership spanned nine years and saw them turn radio success into television ventures – Planet Merrick and Rosso, (Comedy Channel), Merrick and Rosso Unplanned (Nine Network), The B Team (Network Ten) and The Merrick & Rosso Show (Comedy Channel).
Apart from success as a duo, Tim has also carved a niche as a TV reporter/presenter including The Today Show (Nine Network), Wide Open Road and Agony Uncles (ABC), Uncharted and Facing the Hangover (MTV), Australia Versus, Weekend Sunrise as a Weekend All Star, No Leave, No Life (Seven Network).
In 2016, Tim shared his enthusiasm for design and architecture with audiences in the two-part series Streets of Your Town (ABC). Written and hosted by Tim, the show took viewers on a journey into Australian suburbs, the history of buildings and changes in Australia.
An accomplished writer Tim contributes to Men’s Style Australia, Rolling Stone and The (Sydney) Magazine and in 2010, Tim released his best-selling book Mum had a Kingswood. Tim’s new book Rumpus Room was released in May 2017. A design enthusiast, Tim has also written on architecture for Smith Journal and Habitus Magazine.
It was in 2013 that Tim unleashed his talents into new, uncharted territory with his unique stand-up show Man about the House. The show, mixing storytelling, stand-up comedy, design, history and music saw Tim perform to sell-out audiences in iconic, modernist houses and buildings across Australia, New Zealand and the United States, including Sydney’s Harry Seidler Penthouse during the 2015 Spectrum Festival. The unique show won the prestigious National Trust Award in 2014. Man about the House has also had seasons in Venice in the Australian Pavilion for the Architecture Biennale and for the London Architecture Festival.
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.
A well rounded presenter, 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 two young children.