Boy’s own ad­ven­ture

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ANOOSKA TUCKER- EVANS

FOR Gold Lo­gie win­ner Rove McManus, life af­ter quit­ting TV al­most two years ago has been a ‘‘ roller­coaster ride’’.

The pre­sen­ter ( pic­tured) shocked fans at the end of 2009 when he an­nounced his self-ti­tled light en­ter­tain­ment show on Chan­nel 10 wouldn’t be com­ing back.

He was leav­ing to ‘‘ stand back and see what hap­pens next’’.

What hap­pened next was a move to the US with ac­tress wife Tasma Wal­ton.

‘‘ I feel my life is like [ a roller­coaster] a lit­tle bit . . . when you start it up and you’re about to come down the other side, you don’t know what’s com­ing and it can be a bit scary. But, by the end of it, it’s a thrill and every­thing turned out OK,’’ McManus says.

The ride so far has in­cluded stand-up gigs – per­form­ing around Los An­ge­les where he now lives – and some loopde-loops as a reg­u­lar on latenight shows Chelsea Lately and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. But now the co­me­dian is ready to take con­trol of his ad­ven­ture and make the move back into TV full-time with the launch of his new pay-TV show, Rove LA.

‘‘ I found my­self get­ting to that point where I was ready to do some­thing else,’’ he says.

‘‘ I needed to stop and walk away to dis­cover what that next thing was go­ing to be and slowly found that this was it.’’

The se­ries will be a talk show with celebrity guests, stand-up from McManus and rov­ing re­ports from the star as he ex­plores some of the un­usual and quirky sights and ex­pe­ri­ences found in LA.

He does ad­mit to feel­ing a lit­tle ner­vous about host­ing his own show again.

‘‘ There’s cer­tainly a part of me that went, ‘ Well, if I never do it again, I kind of ended with a pretty good record’. You don’t want to come back and undo all that,’’ he says.

‘‘ I don’t feel pres­sure at all. I want the show to be good and I’m not go­ing to phone it in. But, it’s the same pres­sure I had ev­ery other time I did the show.

‘‘ When there was a two-year con­tract sit­ting there or what­ever, you still wanted to, week-to-week, put the best show out there that you could and keep push­ing your­self. This will be no dif­fer­ent.’’

So if the show is a suc­cess, will he stay in LA long term?

‘‘ I’m re­ally just feel­ing like a lit­tle leaf on a river. I’m just so hap­pily go­ing with the flow.’’

Guess he’s not ready to get off that roller­coaster just yet.

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