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.
SAFM breakfast host and all round top bloke Lehmo is 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 – he is also the country’s number one ‘combat comic’, having completed seven ‘tours of duty’.
Razor sharp, daring and downright lascivious, Rhys Nicholson is a wit quickly gaining international acclaim. Most recently on our screens as a judge on RuPaul Downunder, Rhys is an absolute super star of the comedy circuit.
Mel is a Grapes of Mirth favourite, so much so that Mez is handing the reins over to Mel to handle MC duties! She’s also the co-host of the ‘Great Australian Bake Off’ and perhaps the funniest Queenslander we know – she also loves a wine so she’s a perfect GoM host.
Dil is one of the most in demand headliners on the Australian comedy scene, with a reputation for consistently nailing his shows with his positive, upbeat brand of stand-up. Dil has recorded two stand-up specials, one for the ABC and the second for Amazon Prime which was released globally in 2020. He has also featured in Amazon’s smash hit program ‘LOL: Last One Laughing Australia’ alongside Rebel Wilson, and the 2021 series of ‘Celebrity Masterchef’.
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.