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Fringefeed | 18 Jan 2020

Uncorked Comedy | Wine tasting with a comedian

See the wine, swirl the wine, smell the wine, sip the wine, laugh so hard you almost spit the wine, then put all your concentration into the most important part: tasting and savouring the wine. That’s the kind of experience you can expect at Uncorked Comedy, where wine tasting etiquette actually holds zero importance.

Held across two venues every Friday and Saturday night for the duration of Fringe, Uncorked Comedy features a stellar lineup of high-profile wineries and entertaining comedians – it’s the perfect blend of wine and laughter.

Comedian Christopher Shin started with his best fruit forward at this sold out show. Shin and his co-host for the evening, Sam Kissajukian, didn’t miss a beat with their witty banter and entertaining stand-up, which was perfectly balanced between likeable charm and brutal honesty. The duo strongly encouraged audience involvement, which was a driver for the show’s success. The audience was engaged, and laughter and surprisingly generous pours of wine flowed for the entirety of the show.

The whole experience is not dissimilar to a group wine tour with complete strangers: in the beginning, everyone is quiet and a bit reserved and by the end, you’re one big, happy, wine-fuelled family.

This is a juicy, grape value show for both wine enthusiasts and those whose wine knowledge and vocabulary is limited to simply “red”, “white” and “Coolabah”. While knowledge of wine is not essential for this show, if you have some, you might be able to educate the hosts, who are definitely no cork dorks.

Wine tasting without having to travel to a wine region? Yes, please. Wine tasting without needing a translator to understand what you’re drinking? Yes, please. This show, with its refreshing lack of pretension and lingering laughter, will be a Festival favourite and is not one to miss!

About the Author

Gemma Scheibling

Gemma is a communications specialist with a passion for road trips, sunshine and the perfect cheese and wine pairing. When she’s not at the office or busy completing her bucket list degree in writing and literature, she’s a strong advocate for local bars and live music.

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End Date 14 Feb 2020

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I went Saturday February 1 upstairs at the Wembley Hotel and had a great night. The comedian Luke was not only very funny but took time to make sure everyone got their drinks and had a good time, it was the perfect fringe night out with my friends.

Reviewed by Kathy 2020

Went to this show on Friday night 31st Jan at the Lucky Shag. What a disappointment - we had seen the show last year and it was fantastic, great comedian and amazing funny night. Not sure what happened this year- the comedian was awful. I still dont think I heard one joke - the joke was the comedian who read from a script about wines. The audience were funnier. What a waste of $30.00 each for 4 of us. Wont be seeing this one again. If you advertise as uncorked comedy make sure that she can actually tell jokes and is actually funny - awful x 100

Reviewed by Carolyn Lipari 2020