Grapes of Mirth
Grapes of Mirth Grapes of Mirth

McLaren Vale, SA

3 March 2019

Hey Bad Seeds! What a weekend! A massive thanks to everyone at Coriole who helped put on this event; amazing food, wine and atmosphere – and to everyone who came and joined us on Sunday. You guys are amazing! A terrific blend of comedians made for a great day. Cal Wilson – delightful and edgy; was hilarious, kicking off the day. Love her. Sam Taunton a Newbie to Grapes of Mirth won over the crowd immediately and showed why he is part of the next generation of young guns. The second bracket saw Sam Simmons get so weird it was brilliant. He removed his shorts and shocked and delighted us all. Little did we know this was merely a warm up to his “photo bombing” of a Channel 7 live cross where a magician was trying to explain magic, not realising that the true magic was Sam standing behind him looking like a weirdo! Gold! Ivan Aristaguieta rounded out the second bracket. This was Ivan’s first GoM but not his last. Hysterical. Ivan is from Venezuela and loves this country so much that the government is sending him on a tropical island holiday at Manus. The last bracket started off with Nikki Britton. I adore Nikki and think she is on a fast trajectory to stardom. On Sunday she showed 900 other people why! Superb form. Tom Gleeson. The End. So little needs to be said about this man that I could leave it at that. Tom is a stand up weapon. but one thing I love is how much he loves doing these gigs. Like you and I, Tom “gets it” and loves what Grapes of Mirth is all about. Sunday was a great showcase of these comedians material but to be completely honest it’s probably not what you would see as part of their Fringe Shows, which are full, well rounded 1 hour “shows” and are completely different. This is why I highly encourage you to go and see their solo shows during the Fringe festival, you will see “same, same but different” and won’t be disappointed. We had lots of people asking about these guys festival shows so we have included the details in this message. Again, thank you all so much for helping us create a wonderful day. Sun, rain, wine, laughs and perineums…we had it all. Till next time amigos! Mez.


Tom Gleeson is in every Aussie comedian’s Top 5. A true master of the craft, he’s performed at every major comedy festival in the world and has been nominated for a Helpmann three times. A sure fire, killer stand-up at the top of his game.

Tom Gleeson

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

Adopted Kiwi, Cal Wilson, crossed the Tasman in 2003 and has gone on to become one of our most popular comedians, a perennial favourite on many television shows. In 2018, Cal was invited by Netflix to the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal to record a Netflix Original Comedy Special. 2019 also saw Cal become a very serious children’s author, penning two books.

Cal Wilson

Leaving behind his career as a Brew Master and Food Technologist in his home country of Venezuela, Ivan has been performing comedy in his second language now for 8 years. Ivan is now a regular on Aussie TV and has won an entire swag of awards including; Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival and Weekly Best Comedy at the Adelaide and Perth Fringe.

Ivan Aristeguieta

Bursting onto the scene in 2017, he was nominated for the prestigious ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and has since gone on to perform comedy all over the world. Sam juggles stand up and various media projects, including his role as a roving idiot for Channel 10’s ‘The Project’. He’s now the third ever host of Grapes of Mirth!

Sam Taunton

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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