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Star-studded relief show

By Jamie Lowe

Deniliquin will host three of Australia’s best comedians for a special drought fundraiser on Easter Saturday.

The Dry Humour event will see 2019 Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson, Vince Sorrenti and Des Dowling perform at the Deniliquin RSL Club at 3pm on Saturday, April 11.

The afternoon of stand-up comedy will see funds raised for Rural Aid, a charity that aims to safeguard the future of farmers.

The fundraiser was the brainchild of Mr Sorrenti’s daughter Michaela and Deniliquin teenager Zoe Metcalfe.

Michaela and Zoe are school friends at Geelong Grammar and both wanted to help those in need.

‘‘We started planning the event late last year before the bushfires struck,’’ Michaela said.

‘‘We wanted to just do something to help people in need and we decided to help those who are doing it tough during the drought.

‘‘The drought has always been a huge issue and has affected people for a very long time.

‘‘We chose to hold the event in Deni because that’s where Zoe is from, and my grandfather is also originally from Deni.

‘‘Choosing to hold a comedy show as a fundraiser was the obvious choice with my dad being in the industry. I’m very lucky that dad has his connections to other comedians.

‘‘All the comedians, including dad of course, are giving up their time for this event, so 100 per cent of profits will go to Rural Aid.’’

Event organisers Zoe Metcalfe and MIchaela Sorrenti
Event organisers Zoe Metcalfe and Michaela Sorrenti.

For Vince Sorrenti, to participate in the event was an easy decision.

He said not only was it his way of helping his daughter, but also a good opportunity to return and help out the Deniliquin community.

In 2007 Mr Sorrenti performed in Deniliquin twice, at both the April Showers Community Drought Relief day and the Christmas in July event.

He returned to the area in 2008 as part of Australia’s Biggest Ever Bloke’s Day Out  held at Pretty Pine.

‘‘I’ve done a heap of drought relief concerts in the past and I’m excited to come back to Deni,’’ Mr Sorrenti said.

‘‘I have a personal connection to the area, particularly with my wife Kate’s father being from Deni.

‘‘I feel like there’s been a lot of issues over the summer and the drought has been pushed to the background.

‘‘We live in a lucky country and it’s just so sad to hear about these farmers who are struggling, particularly with their mental health.

‘‘I’m extremely proud of Michaela for not only organising this event, but for the compassion she has shown by wanting to help out others.’’

Much like his previous visits, Mr Sorrenti is expected to have the crowd in stitches, with the five time Mo Award winner always a crowd pleaser.

‘‘I like to talk about what’s going on in the news and keep my jokes current,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ll likely touch on subjects like ScoMo, Israel Folau, Coronavirus and of course the toilet paper saga.

‘‘I like to keep everyone up to date with the news, but I’ll also throw in some of the old favourites as well.’’

To book your tickets to the show click here.