Cal Wilson came across the Tasman in 2003 and has gone on to become one of our most popular comedians, a perennial favourite on television shows such as Spicks and Specks, Good News Week and Thank God You’re Here. Her comedy career started back in New Zealand in 1990 where she was a founding member of the Court Jesters improv group, and was part of the NZ team that won the World Theatresports title in Los Angeles in 1994.
In 1997, she received the inaugural Billy T Award, New Zealand's most prestigious comedy award recognizing comedians with outstanding potential, and was judged Best Comedian 2000, by Metro Magazine. However, like all great New Zealand talent, Australia has claimed her as its own and Cal has made Melbourne her home for the past 10 years.
Her live performances demonstrate her enormous talent as a stand-up comedian. Her festival shows play to sold out houses, and garner rave reviews: In 2001 Cal won the Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and has performed in line up shows and solo shows to every corner of the country since. Since then, Cal has appeared three times at the prestigious, invitation only, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, and has performed twice in her own shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A much loved regular guest on television shows such as Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Have You Been Paying Attention? and Thank God You’re Here, Cal was also the host of ABC’s Sleuth 101 and a team captain each week on SlideShow, Channel Seven’s smash hit spontaneous entertainment show.
A highlight for Cal was appearing on QI Live, the Australian live stage tour with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies which then resulted in her being invited to the UK to be a guest on two episodes of the BBC television series.
Cal starred as an ensemble cast member of the new Australian version of worldwide hit show Whose Line Is It Anyway. She also performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 30th anniversary gala, supported Alan Carr on his national tour, was selected to perform at Just For Laughs Sydney and toured regional Australia as part of the MICF Roadshow.
In 2017, Cal returned to the stage with her solo show Things I’ve Never Said, which drew sold out crowds at comedy festivals around Australia. She also appeared on the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala and was invited back to the Just For Laughs festival at the Sydney Opera House. Cal continues to be a regular guest on television shows such as ABC’s Whovians, Channel Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention? and Channel 7’s Behave Yourself.
Since 2016 when it started in Australia, she has been the host of the worldwide smash-hit storytelling format The Moth’s monthly live shows in Melbourne.
Cal’s brand new live show Hindsight will be touring Australia in 2018.
Cal is a sought-after MC for corporate events, and is exceptionally handy with a glue gun.
Cal was very well received by a critical audience. She took the time to personalise her script, researching very thoroughly to understand our clients business. Her witty repertoire and audience interaction was instrumental in the feedback that it was “the best awards night ever”
An absolute delightful person and as funny as all get up. A class act!!!
Cal assisted with the night to run smoothly and increased the energy in the room
A work of art
100% festival gem
Frenetic, furious and crammed with laughs
Emerald Hill Times
An absolute joy to watch