23 Feb 2024
70 Minutes


Comedian and architecture enthusiast Tim Ross channels the spirit of EXPO 88 with his nostalgic live show.

In 1988, Australian families across the nation packed up their cars and made the pilgrimage to Brisbane EXPO 88. Unfortunately, the Ross family wasn’t one of them.

Comedian and ABC TV’s resident design nerd Tim Ross may not have made it to the World Expo that breathed life into the Queensland capital, but it hasn’t stopped him from using it as a starting point to his one man show ROSSO 88, a nostalgic romp through his favourite moments of Australiana.

From the iconic to the everyday, the random to the revolutionary, the beautiful to the bat shit crazy, Tim will explore the moments that define who we are with just the aid of a clicker and some slides.

Factual and funny, it’s an expo without having to pile your family into the Camira and drive them to Brisbane.

“Like a classic hits radio station I’m plating up the best and the worst Australia had to offer from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. If you’ve ever been remotely curious about the history of the Dunlop KT26, then this is definitely the show for you.”
-Tim Ross

ROSSO 88 is the latest in a series of thought provoking shows that Tim Ross has performed in architecturally significant buildings. His love and advocacy for our built environment has seen him win two National Trust Heritage awards, the President’s Prize from the Australian Institute of Architects and last year he was made an Honorary Fellow of that organisation.

This initiative is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Culture Up Late Western Sydney program.

Cast & Creatives

Tim Ross / Starring

23 Feb 2024 6:00 pm

About Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross

He may be best known for his work on TV and radio (at different times hosting both the number one breakfast and drive shows in Sydney) but comedian Tim Ross has also always had a passion for architecture and design. Over the last nine years, he has performed his live Man About the House show in architecturally-significant buildings and homes all over the world.

He has written on architecture for various publications including Real Living, Habitus, The Saturday Paper, The Smith Journal, QANTAS magazine and The Guardian. In 2017, Tim launched his second book, The Rumpus Room, capturing nostalgic short stories about life in Australia’s suburbs in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. And in 2021 launched Scorcher, a book of short stories about Australian summers. Tim’s two-part series on Australian architecture, Streets of Your Town, premiered on ABC TV in November 2016 to rave reviews, and quickly became the most watched arts program on the ABC for the year. Designing A Legacy, the TV show about why architecture matters featuring Australian families who lives have been shaped within the walls of modern masterpieces, aired on the ABC in February 2021. The second series will air on ABC later this year.

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