2 December 2018
The morning of this event it looked like a dust storm was fast approaching and at some point, they would start filming Mad Max 5 in the nation’s capital. We lost our stage marquee to the wind, it ended up in Fyshwick, we drove a truck in to block the wind; just call us the ‘Masters of Improvisation’. Then the sun came out and so did a big Canberra crowd and we had a bloody cracker! Dilruk Jayasinha, Mel Buttle, Lehmo, Rhys Nicholson, Anne Edmonds and Hughesy all had the crowd doubled over.
The host of ‘Hughesy We Have A Problem’, ‘The Masked Singer’ and one half of HIT Network’s ‘Hughesy & Ed’. Dave is back for another Grapes of Mirth stint after appearing at the very first GoM event in early 2017. The great man is in great form and it’s great to have him back!
Eddo’s stand up is fearless and hilarious. A regular on Network Ten’s ‘Have You Been Paying Attention’, ‘The Project’, and ‘Hughesy We Have a Problem’. Winner of ‘Director’s Choice’ and ‘Piece Of Wood Award’ at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Not one to tolerate any level of bullshit, Anne’s stand up takes aim at any worthy target, no matter how close to home it is. And, as any of her many alter egos, including the desperate sarong clad Helen Bidou, Anne transforms into characters that are terrifying and familiar in equal measure.
One of Australia’s most experienced and well-travelled comedians. Lehmo’s live work has seen him headline at comedy clubs for well over fifteen years and work all corners of the globe – and is also the country’s number one ‘combat comic’, having completed seven ‘tours of duty’. Also, host of the ABC radio’s Grandstand, a co-host on HIT’s ‘Bec, Cosie & Lehmo’ and a team captain on Fox Footy’s AFL-themed show The Beep Test.
Comedian. Writer. Craft Enthusiast. Razor-sharp, daring and downright lascivious, Rhys Nicholson is a wit quickly gaining international acclaim. Nominated for an Aria Award for Best Comedy Album, twice nominated for The Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Show and in 2018 he won the New Zealand Comedy Festival Best Show award. In 2019 Rhys made his USA television debut with a stand-up spot on the Conan O’Brien Show.
We welcome back to Grapes of Mirth our dear friend Mel Buttle. Mel loves South Australia and is not terrified when confronted with a glass of wine either, so it makes perfect sense that she is joining us in the Barossa. Mel hosts ‘The Great Australian Bake Off’ on the LifeStyle channel with local legend Maggie Beer; we suspect that may be the only reason she agreed to join us – whatever, Mel is brilliant and we’re rapt she’s on board.
Hailing from Sri Lanka, Dilruk is one of the most in-demand headliners on the Australian comedy scene. In 2018, Dil received one of the highest accolades in Australian entertainment – the Graham Kennedy Award for ‘Most Popular New Talent’ at the 2018 Logie Awards. You may also recognise him from ABC TV’s very popular and award-winning ‘Utopia’, Channel 10’s ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’, or Amazon Prime’s 2020 stand-up special. From Montreal to Edinburgh, and everywhere in between, Dil is one of our favourites, and soon to be one of yours!
The “Merric” from Merrick and Rosso. Mez, as he is affectionately known, has worked at almost every radio and TV station in the country. You might have seen him recently getting smashed in the face on SAS Australia, Australia’s REAL reality show. Mez loves wine, so much so that he’s a qualified sommelier, with dreams of retiring to a big Chesterfield, smoking a cigar and drinking Cabernet.