Grapes of Mirth
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The Station,
Newcastle, NSW


11 May 2019

Massive thanks to everyone who enjoyed the day with us at The Station in Newcastle – our first for the Hunter Region but not our last. A terrific crowd, perfect weather and some truly great wines on offer. Sam Simmons kicked things off and it’s always a good sign when a comedian says on stage “Would you like me to be weird or wrong?” He was both. Thank god! Rebecca De Unamuno ad-libbed some crowd participation towards the end of her set with such ability that more than one person asked “Was that a set up? Were those audience members planted?” No – she’s that good! Nazeem Hussain realising midway through his set “Am I the only brown person here?” He was also possibly the only non–drinker on the day too, so an already special comedian made even more special! One of the best blokes in the business and in cracking form right now. The sun slowly dropped in the west and the nearby fig tree came alive with the chatter of birds. This is normally a beautiful thing, but even more beautiful was Denise Scott telling them to %*[email protected] OFF! Denise came on to rapturous applause and left the same way! Just brilliant. So funny. Luke McGregor proved as popular off stage as on. Several Newcastle ladies seemed very attracted to our exotic red headed Tasweigan and were keen to exchange details. He’s on Tinder ladies! Luke killed as always and was grateful that he was not exposed to full sunlight. Chopper rounded out the day in typical Chopper fashion – big, bold and richly colourful, like a glass of port at the end of a good session, and Newcastle appeared to have had a good session! Massive thank you to @thestationnewcastle, John Van der Veen and his awesome team, and the wonderful Hunter Valley wineries that joined us. Till next time Amigo’s. Mez

Lineup

Star of ‘Orange is The New Brown’ and survivor of ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’, Naz is one of the most likeable comedians in the biz. Super funny, utterly engaging and adored by punters and comedians alike. Don’t miss his set!

Nazeem Hussain

Writer, actor, and one of Australia’s favourite comedians. Luke is also co-creator, co-writer, and star of the smash hit sitcom ‘Rosehaven’ with Celia Pacquola for ABC TV, for which Luke won the award for Most Popular Actor at the 2019 TV Week Logie Awards! The third season of Rosehaven aired on the ABC in 2019. Also a regular on ABC’s ‘Utopia’. Tasmania’s prodigal son returns for Grapes of Mirth!

Luke McGregor

Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Scotty’s acting career began nearly thirty years ago, but it has been in the last decade that she has hit the big time, scoring high profile TV spots, filling thousand-seat theatres, releasing two books and even returning to her acting heritage with ongoing roles on Seven’s Winners and Losers and Nine’s House Husbands.

Denise Scott

As ‘Chopper’, Heath Franklin is an Australian cultural and comedy icon. With his own TV show, four live comedy specials, 2 ARIA nominations, 1 Logie nomination and over 500,000 tickets sold worldwide, Chopper has nearly done it all. The man behind the tatts and ‘stache, Heath Franklin, is an Australian actor, comedic performer, improviser and writer.

Heath Franklin’s ‘Chopper’

The “Merric” from Merrick and Rosso. Mez, as he is affectionately known, has worked at almost every radio and TV station in the country. He also appears regularly on ‘Studio 10’ where he often ruins their infomercials and cooking segments. Mez loves wine, he also loves writing about himself in the 3rd person!

Merrick Watts

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Here’s a post that is long overdue, we’ve been travelling! Massive thanks to everyone who enjoyed the day with us at The Station in Newcastle – our first for the Hunter Region but not our last. A terrific crowd, perfect weather and some truly great wines on offer. Sam Simmons kicked things off and it’s always a good sign when a comedian says on stage “Would you like me to be weird or wrong?” He was both. Thank god! Rebecca De Unamuno ad-libbed some crowd participation towards the end of her set with such ability that more than one person asked “Was that a set up? Were those audience members planted?” No – she’s that good! Nazeem Hussain realising midway through his set “Am I the only brown person here?” He was also possibly the only non–drinker on the day too, so an already special comedian made even more special! One of the best blokes in the business and in cracking form right now. The sun slowly dropped in the west and the nearby fig tree came alive with the chatter of birds. This is normally a beautiful thing, but even more beautiful was Denise Scott telling them to %*[email protected] OFF! Denise came on to rapturous applause and left the same way! Just brilliant. So funny. Luke McGregor proved as popular off stage as on. Several Newcastle ladies seemed very attracted to our exotic red headed Tasweigan and were keen to exchange details. He’s on Tinder ladies! Luke killed as always and was grateful that he was not exposed to full sunlight. Chopper rounded out the day in typical Chopper fashion – big, bold and richly colourful, like a glass of port at the end of a good session, and Newcastle appeared to have had a good session! Massive thank you to @thestationnewcastle, John Van der Veen and his awesome team, and the wonderful Hunter Valley wineries that joined us. Till next time Amigo’s. Mez. Photography pulled together by @enigmagram #grapesofmirth #comedyandwine #comedy #standupcomedy #comedyfestival #music #dj #wine #huntervalley @huntervalley #huntervalleywine #hunterwines #nswwine #australianwine @stationcafenewcastle #thestationnewcastle #revitalisingnewcastle #whatsonatthestation #visitnewcastle #mynewcastle #newcastle #newcastlensw

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