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You've Gotta Start Somewhere Episode One - MERRICK WATTS

Merrick Watts

Merrick WattsWelcome to episode two of You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere (#YGSS).

This week I chat with comedian, writer, radio and TV presenter, Merrick Watts about his thoughts on the radio industry, how he’s changed over the years, how he met Rosso and the beginnings of their comedy duo ‘Merrick and Rosso’ and why he thinks people should be getting into more pre-colonial agriculture (yep, he really said those words).

See below for a full rundown of the episode…

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Show Rundown

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In this episode, Merrick talks about...

01:31 … his mum’s vajayjay (it sounds worse than it is ;))

01:59 … what he wanted to be when he grew up and why he's a weekend warrior

05:42 … what he was like as a kid and why one of his teachers said he was 'evil'

08:36 … why his cavalier attitude perfectly suited a life of comedy

10:43 … why he thinks he's doing people a favour by making awkward situations more awkward

13:00 … the career path he almost took before getting into comedy

15:58 … how he got involved with the wrong crowd and the teacher who helped turn his life around

19:00 … how he took his first step into stand-up

25:57 … his comedy life before teaming up with Rosso

26:42 … where he met Rosso and the first time he saw him perform

28:55 … how ‘Merrick & Rosso’ was born

33:40 … how 'Merrick & Rosso’ made the leap from stand-up to radio

36.31 … what he thinks is the key to surviving in radio

41:40 … whether he misses the craziness of the early days of his career

42:41 … why he doesn’t have imposter syndrome and how he thinks his career will change

45:25 … the best and worst thing about the industry

The final five (even though I accidentally only asked four questions...again)...

55:25 … his biggest regret

56:35 … his dream gig

57:25 … what he’d be doing if he wasn’t in show business

59:07 … his advice for people who want to get into the business


 

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On the next episode, I chat to Sunrise weather presenter, Sam Mac about his disturbing love of cats, the lengths he went to, to get his face on TV and how a room full of middle-aged women got him his first job in radio.

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