Australian comic ROVE MCMANUS hosts FOX’s new improvisational comedy series RIOT. He also was a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has appeared on Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central’s @Midnight. Featuring JAMES P. CONNOLLY (Comedy Central, VH1,HBO) and WILL VOUGHT (Date Night)
Rove McManus started his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian but has gone on to become Australia’s most successful talk show host and one of its biggest producers of entertainment television.
Rove got his first TV gig on community television, hosting his own tonight show, The Loft with a budget of $500 a week. Rove hit the prime time schedule in 2000 with Rove Live on Network Ten after a brief late night stint on the Nine Network in 1999.
‘Rove’ continued on the Ten Network as a weekly, live talk/comedy show and made Rove McManus Australia’s most popular television personality. The show has played host to some of the planet’s biggest names with the likes of Cameron Diaz, John Travolta, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, The Duchess of York and U2 taking time out to chat with Rove.
At the same time Rove’s production company Roving Enterprises has produced two scripted comedy series (Skithouse and Real Stories), a weekly sports panel show (Before The Game), a nightly news review program (The Project) and the ARIA Awards which Rove has also hosted three times.
All this time Rove has maintained his standup comedy, touring nationally and appearing at the 2010 and 2013 Just For Laughs Festivals in Montreal.
Rove has also been a three-time recipient of Australia’s most prestigious television award the oddly named Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality.
Rove is currently based in Los Angeles where he was a regular on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, presenting his Rove Across America segment. In 2011 Rove returned to Australian TV with ROVE LA, a weekly talk show for FOX 8 in the heart of Hollywood. For series two, Rove LA moved home to the famous Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.
Rove returns to US television thus summer as the host of Fox’s new game show Riot, produced by Steve Carrell.
Rove and his wife Tasma Walton recently welcomed the arrival of their first child; daughter Ruby Aurelia.
“A few years from now there’s a real chance we will look back on September, 1999 as the time we saw the start of a network TV career of a young guy who may well turn out to be one of the biggest names in the business”
Robert Fidgeon, Herald Sun
James P Connolly:
James P. Connolly is a stand up comedian and radio/TV host known for his playful, confident style and unique sense of humor.
He attended Harvard University on a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship. While serving in Desert Storm, he was ordered to write jokes for a Colonel. Arriving in Hollywood, he began to perform at LA’s major comedy venues and soon popped up on television, commercials, and in small films.
James has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, VH1, Comics Unleashed, hosted “Live From Here” for National Lampoon XM Radio, is a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show and recently recorded a “Blue Collar Radio Comedy Concert” for SiriusXM, as one of their most requested acts. James has made multiple trips overseas to entertain the troops and produces an annual Veterans Day Comedy Show benefiting Veterans in Film & Television (VFT). He is currently the host of “Vet on the Street” for We Are The Mighty TV.
As a kid, I always liked comedy and would listen to albums by George Carlin, Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, and Lenny Bruce. Despite my enjoyment of these great talents, I decided to pursue an unfunny career and left Los Angeles for San Francisco State College to be a lawyer. When that did not hold my attention, I switched majors and ended up getting a Bachelor of. Art Degree in Communications.