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:
Hailing from both Northern and Southern California (depending on who he is trying to impress), James P. Connolly is a stand up comedian and radio/TV host known for his playful, confident style and unique sense of humor.
James’ attended Harvard University on a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship, which left him feeling “wicked smart”, but possessing the skills to hurt people who are “actually” smart. While serving in Desert Storm, he was ordered to write jokes for a Colonel. Understanding this to be a lawful and punishable command; James erred on the side of funny.
Eventually making his way to Hollywood, he began to perform at the World Famous Comedy Store, the World Famous Improv, the Legendary Ice House Comedy Club and other major comedy venues with too many adjectives. Soon James popped up on television, commercials, and in small films.
In addition to having appeared on Comedy Central, HBO and VH1, James more recently hosted “Live From Here” on XM Radio for National Lampoon. He is recognized across the country as one of the most played comedians on the Sirius XM Comedy Channels and is a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. James has also made multiple trips overseas to entertain the troops.
His latest CD “The Master Plan” debuted to rave reviews on XM Radio’s Comedy Concert Series and has been called “captivating” and “laced with intelligent humor, edgy opinions” and “leaves them (the crowd) hanging on his every word!”
James also wants you to know he has a very manly voice.