Meryl O’Rourke


Jonathan Ross

Ripe with comedy. A unique perspective: sharp and dark, and refreshingly unsentimental.

The Observer

Meryl O'Rourke can find the disturbing side of everything!


Meryl has delighted comedy audiences, hosted pop concerts and performed at the Hammersmith Apollo, supporting Frankie Boyle as part of his national tour. In his book Work! Consume! Die! he calls Meryl “Inspiringly funny”.

Her solo stand up show Bad Mother was a hit at Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals. Directed by Foster’s Comedy Award nominee Thom Tuck, it received 5 star reviews and was The Times’ Critic’s Choice.

Meryl is also the inaugural winner of the Betty Box and Peter Rogers/Big Talk comedy writing programme.

A talented and sought after gag writer, she has worked on numerous flagship panel shows and comedies for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Dave, as well as being joke writer for magicians Noel Qualter and Andi Gladwin.

Radio credits include writing and performing her own comedy series The Hysterical Method Of Conception for Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4) and a Sony Radio Academy Award Nomination for Best Breakfast Show.

An experienced journalist, Meryl has been a favourite feature writer for Mark Millar’s magazine CLiNT, having previously worked extensively for Time Out.