Meryl O'Rourke 4

Meryl O'Rourke

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Meryl O'Rourke has worked for over 12 years as a high level topical TV gag writer and as a stand-up in her own right. She has written for Frankie Boyle for much of this time, from panel shows like Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, through to BBC's Frankie Goes To Russia, Frankie Boyle's Tour of Scotland and four series of Frankie Boyle's New World Order. Meryl wrote for the 2019 Olivier Awards, broadcast on ITV and has also written for ITV 2's Dress To Impress.

In 2019 she debuted her solo stand-up show Vanilla and her 2011 show, Bad Mother was The Times’ and The Observers Critic’s Choice. Meryl was also the inaugural winner of the Betty Box and Peter Rogers/Big Talk comedy writing programme and as a stand-up, she has supported Frankie Boyle many times as part of his national tour, including at Hammersmith Apollo.

Meryl's 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. More recently, Meryl has written gags for BBC World Service's Comedians vs The News.

As an experienced journalist, Meryl has written extensively as a columnist for Time Out and as a feature writer for Mark Millar's magazine CLiNT. She also works as a script editor and writing coach.

Selected Credits (See Full Credits)

Frankie Boyle's New World Order (BBC 2)


2017 - 2021


Comedians Vs. The News (BBC World Service)



Frankie Boyle’s Tour Of Scotland (BBC 2)

Writer / Researcher


2 Rivers Media

Have I Got News For You (BBC 1)

Writer for Frankie Boyle

2016 - 2017


Bad Mother (Stand-up)

Writer / Performer




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