Sydney frocks up for ASTRAs night

Tonight is subscription TV’s night of nights, the 6th Annual ASTRA Awards.

Organisers are tight-lipped about their sellout event being held at Sydney’s Hordern pavillion. But many of its brightest will be there for the 31 gongs being handed out.

Jimmy Barnes is expected to perform a number. As well as celebrating a big year in drama with hits like The King, Satisfaction and Love My Way, the night will also include a nod to those who have been lost including Clinton Grybas and Stan Zemanek.

On the red carpet will be the Comedy Channel’s newest acquisition, radio comics Merrick Watts and Tim Ross.

After several failed TV attempts, they have signed an ongoing production deal with Foxtel’s Comedy Channel, allowing them to develop and star in their own programs.

The first, originally titled The Merrick and Rosso Show, is a 10-part, half hour, weekly series which will appear on the Comedy Channel mid year.

As well as performing, the veteran funny fellas will be executive producers.

“We’re trying to capture the essence of what we do in our live show and putting it out on telly,” Ross said.

“We’re putting the finishing touches on it now. But it will be a studio audience and adultish – we won’t be scared to say bum and wee.”

Last week the pair got in trouble with NSW police for a radio stunt giving prizes to motorists who deliberately disrupt peak-hour traffic by running out of fuel.

2008 ASTRA nominees


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