Grapes of Mirth
Grapes of Mirth Grapes of Mirth

Pialligo Estate,
Canberra, ACT

Join host Merrick Watts and his funny friends; comedy, music, food, wine – everything you could possibly wish for.

An entire afternoon of entertainment, as lovers of comedy and wine sprawl out across the grounds at beautiful Pialligo Estate; with their garden pavilions, olive grove, vineyard, orchard, award-winning smokehouse products – the perfect place to host an outdoor comedy festival.

Buy Tickets

$60 – $70 + Booking Fee


12 – 6pm

Sunday 1 December 2019


Pialligo Estate

18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo ACT 2609

What’s Pouring

  • Pialligo Estate Prosecco, Pinot Gris & Rose
  • Pialligo Estate Merlot & Shiraz
  • Local Beer
  • Ginotonics

What You Need to Know

  • This is an 18+ event
  • Strictly no BYO food or beverage
  • All tickets include a take-home wine glass
  • This is an outdoor event, BYO picnic rugs and foldable chairs

What’s Cooking

  • Pulled Brisket Burger, Jack Cheese, Slaw
  • Pialligo Estate Sausages, Greek Salad
  • Award-winning Pialligo Estate Charcuterie, Pickles, Crisp Bread
  • Cheese Board, Estate Fruit Paste, Crisp Bread
  • Vegan Antipasto, Cheese, Olives, Marinated Vegetables, Crisp Bread
  • Calamari
  • Popcorn Chicken
  • Hot Chips, Pialligo Estate BBQ Sauce

Prohibited and Unprohibited Items

  • Allowed: sealed bottles of water, empty water bottles, picnic blankets, foldable chairs, soft cooler bags
  • Not Allowed: eskies, food and beverages


An award-winning stand-up comedian/actor/writer/broadcaster/person who always gives 100%. He’s one of Australia’s hottest comic talents, he’s performed and won acclaim all around the world; Edinburgh, Montreal, London, and he even once roast-battled Jimmy Carr and didn’t die in the process. His list of awards are many and extensive and include the Helpmann Award for Best Show and the Pinder Prize, both at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. And boy, do we miss him hosting ABC’s ‘Tonightly with Tom Ballard’.

Tom Ballard

Nikki was recently nominated for Best Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2021. With her electrifying stage presence, warmth, and personable demeanor, Nikki Britton is one of Australia’s most in-demand comedy talents.

Nikki Britton

Stand-up Comedian. Radio Host. Actor. Dickhead. Nick Cody’s style of easy going comedy sees him consistently selling out shows and over-achieving his way around the globe, and headlining shows in every corner of Australia.

Nick Cody

Writer, performer and rat Becky Lucas is one of most exciting voices on the Australian comedy scene and is commanding worldwide attention. Becky has spent years writing and performing stand-up and in the last year alone has performed her solo show at the Sydney Opera House, made her US TV debut on Conan and performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Montreal Festival.

Becky Lucas

Thorno is, without question, Australia’s best MC. He will be steering the ship at the Grapes of Mirth comedy Galas. You’ve seen him on your TV and heard him on the radio, but on the main stage is where Dave belongs.

Dave Thornton

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


Pialligo Estate

Just minutes from the Parliamentary triangle, acclaimed galleries and the CBD, Pialligo Estate is nestled in a private and peaceful setting – one of Canberra’s first working farm properties. A sensational food, wine and lifestyle destination on the banks of Canberra’s Molonglo River.

Pialligo is the perfect venue to host an outdoor comedy event. Bring your picnic blanket, low or high rise chair, or even your bean bag, and set yourself up for the entire afternoon.

Nom Nom Nom

The Estate incorporates the Garden Pavilions, an olive grove, vineyard, orchard, market garden and an award-winning smokehouse. Their food is grown onsite or sourced from only the finest producers in the region. Smokehouse products are incorporated to ensure an authentic Australian dining experience like no other.

Drink, Eat and Laugh your arse off

Some of the biggest names in Australian stand-up comedy come together in this unique estate location, minutes from the centre of Canberra. Along with lots of belly laughs, the event is about kicking back and enjoying fine wines, quality food, great company, and even some awesome DJ tunes!

Our Partners

Private: Pialligo Estate

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.

Pialligo Estate, Canberra, ACT

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