Much loved and well-known comedian, radio and television presenter and budding sommelier Merrick Watts started Grapes of Mirth in 2017, selling out shows in wine regions throughout South Australia, New South Wales, ACT, and Victoria.
Watts says “It’s a pretty simple formula – I curate a line-up of nationally acclaimed comedians and haul them to wineries across this beautiful country of ours for an entire afternoon of comedy, music, food and exceptional wines.”
Comedy and wine are simply two of Merrick’s favourite things in the world; “Bringing them together feels kinda magic – not only does the crowd have an amazing time, but the comedians also love performing at our events. Everyone is relaxed, there’s no rush, plenty of time to soak up the entertainment and share a wine with family and friends.”
Grapes of Mirth are bringing the event to the Pyrenees for the first time, on Sunday October 20, the day after the Avoca Cup. The day kicks off at noon and runs for six hours, with six comedians and their travelling DJ performing throughout the day. Ten Pyrenees wineries are also participating, so there will be absolutely no shortage of wine choices.
“Every Grapes of Mirth event to date has sold out – the support has been phenomenal, people just love it. Wine creates a very convivial style of drinking, putting everyone in a great mood and the comedy just happens” said Watts.
Watts is also studying for his Wine & Spirit Education (Level 3) qualifications, which is more about showing the wine industry the respect it deserves, rather than any personal achievement. Grapes of Mirth is invested in both the comedy and wine industries and does an amazing job at promoting both.
“Most people think I’m a bit of a bogan, they’re quite surprised when they find out that I’m into wine, and that many of my close friends work in the industry. I love the stories, I love the people, and I love visiting the regions. It really is the perfect job.” said Merrick.
The event is 18+, due to the quality of the comedy. And the talent performing on the day is up there with the best Melbourne Galas.
Merrick will be joined on stage by Dave Hughes – HIT Network’s ‘Hughesy & Kate’, Geraldine Hickey – Winner of ‘Piece of Wood Award’ at Melbourne Comedy Festival 2019, Nazeem Hussain ‘Orange is The New Brown’, Danielle Walker – Winner of ‘Best Newcomer Award’ at Melbourne Comedy Festival 2018, Nath Valvo – Winner of ‘Best Comedy Award’ at Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2018.
So, if you love a bit of comedy, and a bit of wine, grab your tickets while they last.
Grapes of Mirth – Pyrenees, Avoca Shire Turf Club, Avoca. Sunday 20 October 2019, 12pm – 6pm. Tickets $65 plus booking fee. Further details www.grapesofmirth.com.au