Meryl O'Rourke.

Acclaimed stand-up comic and TV writer Meryl O’Rourke –revels in her bitterness. She has delighted comedy audiences, written some of the best gags on telly and even hosted pop concerts (last one to 12,000 people!) She’s a regular support for Frankie Boyle, including upcoming in London July ‘22. She’s supported him since 2010 at the Hammersmith Apollo. Meryl is also a trained actress and got to call Frankie an “arsehole” in his Channel 4 series Tramadol Nights.


She won the Betty and Peter/Big Talk writing prize, where she has been gifted a chunk of money to help her write a sitcom with a production company. She was chosen by unanimous decision from 650 entrants..


She is a Sony nominated radio broadcaster, appearing as a reviewer on Radio 4 Front Row. She wrote/performed and edited a comedy series for Woman’s Hour. 


Meryl has written for Have I Got News for You, 8/10 Cats and 3 series of Mock the Week. A close collaborator with Frankie Boyle, she has written for all 3 episodes of Autopsy, all series of New World Order, and Frankie Goes To Russia

You Have Been Watching – Writer – 2009
Argumental – Writer – 2009
Tramadol Nights – Performer – 2010
Never Mind The Buzzcocks – Writer – 2011
Big Brothers Bit On The Side – Panellist – 2013
Frankie Boyles Referendum Autopsy – Writer – 2014
Frankie Boyles Election Autopsy – Writer – 2015
Frankie Boyles American Autopsy – Writer – 2016
Room 101 – Writer – 2017
Have I Got News For You – Writer – 2016/2017
Frankie Goes To Russia – 2018
New World Order – Writer – 2017/2018/2019/2021/2022
Frankie Boyle Tour OF Scotland – Writer – 2020
Comedian Vs The News – BBC – 2020
Jeremy Vine – Panellist – 2021
The Unbelievable Truth – Writer – Radio 4 – 2021
Frankie Boyles Farewell To The Monarchy – Writer – C4 – 2023
Citizen Of Nowwhere – Writer – Radio 4 – 2023

Betty Box And Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme – Winner – 2016
WFTV Mentee 2019
Young Vic Neighbourhood Voice 2022

“Has an authentic, compelling, original voice”

Denise Hicks (Founder LOCO Comedy Festival)

“Best and most original pages I’ve read in years. I’m a massive fan”  

Dhiraj Mahey (Producer and Founder of Betty and Peter prize)

“Ripe with comedy. A unique perspective: sharp and dark, and refreshingly unsentimental”
Stephanie Merritt, Observer

“5* * * * * Truly astonishing show…a must see”
The New Current

“As near perfect as you can find.
British Comedy Guide