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Funny In Failure

Feb 20, 2023

Cal Wilson is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, author and TV and radio host. She moved from New Zealand to Australian shores in 2003 and has gone on to become one of Australia’s most popular comedians.

She is a favourite on television shows such as ABC’s Spicks and Specks and Good News Week, as well as Thank God You’re Here, Hughesy, We Have A Problem, Have You Been Paying Attention? Skithouse, Rove Live, The Glasshouse and the 2022 premiere series of Would I Lie To You? Australia, all on Network Ten.

Amongst taking our screens and stages by storm, Cal landed a dream job of hers – an ensemble cast member in Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia alongside some of the country’s brightest improvisers.

In 2018, she was invited by Netflix to the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal to record a Netflix Original Comedy Special which was released globally in early 2019. That same year Cal become a very serious children’s author, penning two books called “George and the Great Bum Stampede,” and “George and the Great Brain Swappery.”

A gifted storyteller & writer, Cal was invited to join the writing team for the 2022 BAFTA Awards ceremony, as well as having previously written on the series Mean Mums and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.

She is the Melbourne live show host of the worldwide smash-hit storytelling podcast The Moth and in July this year she once again joined comedy phenomenon podcast The Guilty Feminist on tour around her native country, New Zealand. 

Despite an aversion to the great outdoors, Cal bravely joined the cast of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! in 2022 which saw her take on all the usual hair-raising challenges and biblical amount of bugs the series has to offer. Unprecedented times called for unprecedented adventures and at the very least some good material.

Taking a swift move away from creepy crawlies and into all things cake – Cal has just been announced as a brand new host of The Great Australian Bake Off which will air on Foxtel in 2023Cal also has some shows out, in particular if you're in Melbourne check her out at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! 

We chat about Cal’s daily reddit routine, her obsession with cats, improv and stand up comedy, collaboration and connection, her unique philosophy and mindset, supporting others, perseverance and resilience.

The video footage of this entire chat is now out as well (one day after release)! So check them out on YouTube under Michael Kahan

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