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. on Network TEN after a brief late night stint on the Nine Network in 1999.
Rove Live has continued on the Network TEN as a weekly, live tonight show and has 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, a weekly sports panel show and the ARIA Awards, Australia’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards which Rove has also hosted three times.
At the same time Rove has managed to continue touring as a stand up, performing full length shows in theatres across Australia and New Zealand and hosted a nationally syndicated radio program.
Rove has also been a three-time recipient of Australia’s most prestigious television, award the oddly named Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality.
In 2007 Rove returned to a new time slot, holding down the Sunday 8:30 timeslot, up against Grey’s Anatomy and CSI. The show premiered to its highest ratings ever and has continued to be highly competitive against two of television’s biggest franchises.
"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