Cal Wilson is an enormously talented comedian who began her stand-up career in New Zealand by winning the inaugural Billy T Award for up-and-coming comedians in 1997. She followed that with a string of awards including Metro Magazine's Best Comedian in New Zealand in 2000 and Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2001.
Cal moved to Australia in 2003 to perform and write on Channel 10's comedy sketch show Skithouse and since then, has become one of this country's most in-demand comic performers. She is well known in Australia for her hugely successful Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows as well as her regular appearances on Spicks and Specks, Rove Live, Australia's Brainiest Comedian and Thank God You're Here.
Cal's live performances play to sold-out houses. In 2004, she took her one-woman show Jekyll and Bride to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to wide acclaim and has appeared twice, by invitation, at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Up There, Cal Wilson at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival took a fresh look at Australia's favourite national game, exploring what happens when a Kiwi discovers Aussie Rules. It too attracted huge crowds and rave reviews.
Cal Wilson is a much-loved and incredibly versatile comedy talent. As well as her live comedy and regular festival shows, Cal appeared in all six series of the comedy showcase Pulp Comedy and filmed a comedy special Cal Wilson and Co with another New Zealand (and international) comedy sensation, Flight of the Conchords.
Cal's acting credits include the drama series Duggan and Street Legal and a lead role in the film Orphans and Angels in New Zealand as well as Channel 7's Last Man Standing in Australia.
Cal has written for, appeared in and voiced various comedy TV and radio serials and had her own long-running column in both Cleo and She magazines. She was also part of the award-winning writing team, on TV1's popular comedy Willy Nilly.
Cal also wrote for and appeared in Channel 10's comedy sketch series The Wedge and was the host of ABC's Sleuth 101 in 2010. In 2011, Cal crossed the Tasman several times to be a regular panellist on NZ's TV 3 topical comedy show 7 Days as well as appearing in Channel 10's Good News World.
She's also appeared on Triple M's radio shows, The Shebang and Get This with Tony Martin, and co-hosted mornings on Nova 100 with Dylan Lewis and The Wrong Way Home with Akmal and Cal nationally in 2008 and 2007.
Cal is constantly in demand as an MC for festival showcases in New Zealand and Australia. She is also a wonderful corporate performer with clients including The Commonwealth Bank, Subway, Coca Cola and Mars. She has the experience and the quick wit to deal with any situation that may arise and she appeals to a wide range of audiences.
In 2011 a special highlight for Cal was appearing on 'QI Live', the live stage tour with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.
4 Stars. Wilson is sharp as a tack.
Clever, creative, had the audience in hoots.
An hour of non-stop laughter.
Australian Stage Online
An absolute joy to watch.
The function was a big success. Cal really added some energy to the night. Very professional.
Frenetic, furious and crammed with laughs.