Q& A

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - AN­DREW FEN­TON No Leave No Life, One, Satur­day, 6.30pm

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, 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. Q: There isn’t as much com­edy as you might ex­pect for a man of your tal­ents. A: 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 mo­ments we got talk­ing to these peo­ple. Q: Of the peo­ple you sur­prised, were any par­tic­u­larly in­spir­ing? A: There was a guy called Ron who hadn’t had a hol­i­day in 10 years – his work sit­u­a­tion didn’t al­low. And he em­braced ev­ery mo­ment of it. Q: Who was your favourite celebrity guest? A: Dawn Fraser was pretty cool. Jon Stevens was great. But Tim Freed­man was hi­lar­i­ous. We flew back from WA to­gether, which was un­real fun. Q: Why do you think Mer­rick and Rosso never had the same suc­cess on TV as on ra­dio? A: 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. Q: So is the part­ner­ship de­funct? A: Af­ter 15 years we’re pretty much done, we had a good run.

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