Cal started her comedy career in Christchurch, with the improv company ‘The Court Jesters’ and was part of the winning team at the 1994 World Theatresports Championships in Los Angeles. After coming second on ‘A Bit More After 10’, a televised comedy competition, she moved to Wellington and gained a job writing and performing for the long running TV sketch comedy ‘Skitz’. She continued to improvise with Wellingtons professional company ‘The Improvisers’. She was subsequently invited to perform at the International Theatre Improvisation Festival in Amsterdam in 1995. Cal moved to Auckland in 1996 to continue her live comedy, and appeared in various drama series including TV2s ‘Street Legal’.
Cal performed in all seven series of TV2's national showcase ‘Pulp Comedy’, and appeared in the NZ televised series of ‘Scared Scriptless’, and has been seen on our screens more recently in TV3’s “7 days”. She has voiced and written for comedy radio serials, ‘Starship Cortina,’ ‘Caffeine Comedy Hour,’ and ‘News In Briefs’.
Cal moved to Australia in 2003 and was immediately offered a regular role in ‘Skithouse’ on Channel 10. She is well known in Australia for her hugely successful Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows, as well as TV appearances including regular spots on ‘The Panel’ and ABC’s ‘The Glass House’, ‘Spicks and Specks’, Channel 10’s ‘Rove Live’, Triple M’s ‘The Shebang’, and the popular “Thank God You’re Here”.
In 2006, Cal’s show ‘Up There Cal Wilson’, took a fresh look at Australia’s favourite game and explores what happens when a Kiwi discovers Aussie Rules. The show received wonderful reviews and attracted huge crowds including AFL players and umpires who all walked away loving it (even though they copped the occasional ‘loving’ serve).
Describing her career as muesli (‘lots of intriguing little bits and pieces adding up to a nutritious whole’). Cal also voices ads for commercials and has had her own column (‘Calzone') in ‘Cleo’ magazine, and regularly writes for ‘She’ magazine.
Cal’s stand up career has been well rewarded and recognized over the years. In 1997 she was awarded the inaugural ‘Billy T Award’ for up and coming comedians, by the New Zealand Comedy Trust, and was included on the judging panel in 2001. In 2000 Metro Magazine named her Best Comedian of the year. She received the ‘Best Newcomer’ Award at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2001. In 2002, Cal and her fellow ‘Willy Nilly’ writers were awarded the ‘TV Guide New Zealand Television ‘Best Script, Comedy.’
Cal is a wonderful MC and corporate performer and very popular in this market. She has the experience and ‘know how’ to deal with the situations that can arise together with the profile and appeal to gratify a wide spectrum of audience.