Grapes of Mirth
Grapes of Mirth Grapes of Mirth

Pialligo Estate,
Canberra, ACT

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. 

Lineup

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!

Dave Hughes

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.

Anne Edmonds

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.

Lehmo

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.

Rhys Nicholson

Host of ‘The Great Australian Bake Off’, regular contributor to the the Courier Mail, and wine lover, Mel is brilliant so we’re rapt Brisbane’ finest is coming on the short road trip with us to the Granite Belt.

Mel Buttle

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’.

Dilruk Jayasinha

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.

Merrick Watts

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The 1970s saw a number of scientists establish small blocks of grapes around the Canberra district. Today the tranquil rural countryside around the ACT is home to 140 vineyards with more than 33 wineries located within 35 minutes of Canberra.

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