Speakers Profile - Cal Wilson

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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’, ‘Thank God You’re Here’ and most recently the hotly anticipated 'Who's Line is it Anyway? Australia'.

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.

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’.