Andrew Mercado has been named one of TV’s most significant commentators while The Sunday
Telegraph described him as a walking TV encyclopedia.
Building on a diverse career in front of the camera and behind it, Andrew is currently Amanda Keller and
Jonesy’s TV guy on their Number 1 breakfast radio show on WSFM and is also heard across Australia on
multiple ABC stations including Richard Glover’s top-rating drive show on 702 Sydney.
For SBS’ World Movies, his week of classic Aussie Exploitation titles gave the channel its highest ratings
ever. He has also hosted The Best of the Worst for them about why bad movies can sometimes be so
terrible they are fantastic. In 2016, he will be back with Aussie Exploitation 2.
Andrew developed a love of TV and movies early on in his youth while spending every Saturday night
hanging out with the projectionist at his local suburban picture theatre. Now he screens movies himself
through his business Backdoor Cinema which tours clubs and pubs around the country.
He appeared for seven years as KERRIE-ANNE’s Movies Man and is regularly featured on A
CURRENT AFFAIR (even sending up this role for the Chaser boys on THE HAMSTER WHEEL) as
well as guest appearances on MORNINGS, TODAY and STUDIO 10. From 2009 to 2012, Andrew
produced and hosted the TV review panel show THE PLAYLIST for Foxtel’s Showcase.
Andrew wrote the comprehensive encyclopedia SUPER AUSSIE SOAPS in 2004 all about Australia’s
television dramas and is currently working on a 2nd edition which will update those series over the
last decade.. He contributed several chapters to the book 100 GREATEST FILMS OF AUSTRALIAN
CINEMA and co-wrote a guide about PRISONER for the world’s biggest DVD box set.
Andrew is still fondly remembered by a generation of music fans as Super Mercado after
becoming Channel [V]’s inaugural entertainment reporter in 1998 and then became the first regular face
on sister channel Music Max. Whilst he would work simultaneously on both stations, eventually he
crossed over to Max full time to create, produce and host the panel show THE KNOW.
Over the years he has interviewed such A-listers as Kylie Minogue, Marianne Faithfull and Fleetwood
Mac but he often gets more of a thrill meeting Aussie TV legends through his work as a TV Historian for
the National Film and Sound Archive. He also supervises the DVD release of classic TV shows
like NUMBER 96 as well as contributing audio commentaries about them for Umbrella Entertainment.
He is also in demand as a host, MC and auctioneer for the Australian Film Radio and Television
School, Mardi Gras, Q&A Movie Screenings and charities such as ACON, Aurora and the Bobby