Grapes of Mirth
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Nashdale Lane Wines,
Orange, NSW

Nashdale Lane Wines, Orange, NSW

17 November 2018

A huge thanks to all the folks who joined us at Nashdale Lane Winery in Orange on the 17th November. Also, a massive thanks to Nick and Tanya who own the winery for all their hard work and generosity, and for literally laying down a lawn after I casually said, “You should put some grass there, that’d be awesome for GOM?”. And they did. And it was. Thank you. Let’s talk highlights. Food – Byng St Café’s hot dogs were amazing. To quote Peter Helliar: “You know what, this could be the best hot dog I have ever eaten!”. Akmal arriving only 40 mins late and only going 20 min’s over time! Both new records for Akmal. Becky Lucas having an existential crisis on stage…as some McLaren Vale Bad Seeds will know, this is normally the reserved domain of Lawrence Mooney! Hilarious. Nikki Britton’s set is simply first class. I’m loving that so many people are now discovering her and making her a ‘favourite’. Peter Helliar – my oldest friend in comedy and beyond. To have Pete with me at GOM was beyond special. Pete is as hilarious and genuine in real life, but on stage he shows why he is one of the best in the country. Tom Gleeson HARD CHATTING a heckler back to 1993. It was the best birthday gift anyone could give me! I don’t understand why this bloke thought Tom needed some ‘help’ with his routine, but I’d like to say thanks for allowing Tom to open you up like a 90’s Reebok Bum Bag for our entertainment! YOU, the crowd… WOW! It never ceases to thrill me how well we are all received and treated. So much genuine gratitude and warmth and I assure you, the comedians who performed walked away with tingles. Thank you. Lastly, thanks to the bloke who escorted his girlfriend into the vines to do some discreet “mouth irrigation”. Whilst his bride-to-be was looking for someone to hold her hair back, he came over to the backstage area to say g’day to the performers and asked if he could share a can of beer with us. Classic Oz. I gave him a bottle of water to give to his missus. He was disappointed. They’re now divorced. See ya at the next one! Mez.


Movies, Sketch, Stand‐Up, Tv appearances, Radio personality and talk show host, improvisation and a published author, Akmal is one of Australia’s most respected, successful and accomplished comics. He displays an incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and non‐offensive way.

Akmal Saleh

Nikki started out as an actor and exploded onto the comedy scene in 2011 with her warm, lightning-paced style, that has subsequently seen her appear on the Melbourne Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala, ABC’s Comedy Up Late and on The Comedy Channel as part of the Just For Laughs Festival. You may have also seen Nikki playing the scene-stealing Marlo on Peter Helliar’s How to Stay Married on Network 10, feature in Matt Okine’s The Other Guy and star in the Screen Australia web-series Sheila’s.

Nikki Britton

Simply one of Australia’s most loved comedians, ever since his first appearance on our TV screens on ‘Rove’ back in 1999. Pete has performed stand up for years, selling out shows right across the country He’s the star and director of Network 10’s ‘How To Stay Married’ and makes as laugh four nights a week on ‘The Project’, the beloved show where news is delivered differently.

Peter Helliar

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

Tom Gleeson is in every Aussie comedian’s Top 5. A true master of the craft, he remarkably gets better each year, a phenomena that ensures other comics sneak in the back of his always sold out shows. 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

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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