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BY AN­DREW FEN­TON

RA­DIO fun­ny­men Mer­rick and Rosso ruled the air­waves for more than a decade, first on Triple J and later on Nova. But de­spite nu­mer­ous TV se­ries, in­clud­ing Mer­rick and Rosso Un­planned and The B-team, the duo did not hit the same heights on the small screen. Since 2009 Tim Ross has been work­ing as a solo per­former and has com­pleted his first se­ries host­ing travel show No Leave No Life, where he whisks worka­holics away on sur­prise hol­i­days. Why­did you de­cide to ac­cept the of­fer to host the show? I think most peo­ple given the op­por­tu­nity to do a travel show would say yes. I liked the idea of en­cour­ag­ing Aus­tralians to travel around our own back­yard, and the feel good fac­tor. There isn’t as much com­edy as you might ex­pect for a man of your tal­ents. It’s about these guys go­ing away and not me do­ing a trav­el­ogue. I don’t mind that some of the episodes are a lit­tle straighter than peo­ple might ex­pect. I quite liked some of the quite raw and hon­est mo­mentswe got talk­ing to these peo­ple. Of the peo­ple you sur­prised, were any par­tic­u­larly in­spir­ing? There was a guy called Ron who hadn’t had a hol­i­day in 10 years — his work sit­u­a­tion didn’t al­low him. And he em­braced ev­ery mo­ment of it. Did any of the Mon­day morn­ing ‘‘sur­prises’’ not go as planned? Ron was a real es­tate agent and our ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer pre­tended to be look­ing at a house she wanted to buy. And he was dev­as­tated be­cause he thought he was go­ing to get a sale! That was the only dis­as­ter; he was so red hot think­ing he was go­ing to sell it. Who was your favourite celebrity guest? Dawn Fraser was pretty cool. Jon Stevens was great. But Tim Freed­man was hi­lar­i­ous. We flew back from WA to­gether, which was un­real fun. Whydo you think Mer­rick and Rosso never had the same suc­cess on TV as on ra­dio? It’s hard to do both at the same time be­cause you’re a slave to two masters. If we’d have done tele­vi­sion exclusively, by the na­ture of us hav­ing more time and fi­ness­ing it, it prob­a­bly would have been a much bet­ter prod­uct. But I don’t re­gret it. When they hit they were re­ally good. So is the part­ner­ship com­pletely de­funct? Af­ter 15 years we’re pretty much done, we had a good run. No Leave No Life Chan­nel 7, Satur­day 6.30pm

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