Cal Wilson on laughing inappropriately and getting star struck
Ahead of her appearance at the Sydney Comedy Festival, the stand-up comic talks to WHO
New Zealand comedian Cal Wilson, 48, hits the Sydney Comedy Festival (which kicks off on Mon., Apr. 22) with her Gifted Underachiever show in early May. Here, she reveals the last …
… time she forgot a punchline January. I was doing trial shows to work on new material. Each night I’d forget five minutes, but it was a different five minutes every time. By the end of the week, I’d done the whole show, but not all at once.
… time she indulged herself I may have been given a massive box of chocolates, that I’d intended to share with my husband and son, but which never made it back home from my show venue.
… news story she found completely hysterical Last August, I discovered every Australian is entitled to a free portrait of the Queen, which they can request from their local MP. I’m not much of a royalist, but it did make Christmas shopping a lot easier.
A little lovely thing that happened today was my book launch at the @little_bookroom. My darling friend Nelly Thomas said wonderful things, I read from the book, and the kids who came helped me write a story. Leesa from the @little_bookroom was a great MC. Afterwards there was a book signing and because I'd said "I'll sign your book, it doesn't even have to be mine" 2 kids got me to sign a book about numbers, and Where's Wally? (Images: Cal sitting at a desk signing a book, Cal looking very pleased with herself, leaning on a big stack of G and the G Bum Stampede, Cal with her arm around lovely Nelly Thomas. They are beaming at the camera, but have both chosen a different one to look at. Nailed it.) #bookstagram #childrensbooks #georgeandthegreatbumstampede #scholastic @scholastic_au #littlebookroom #booklaunch
… time she was star struck When I was co-hosting The Guilty Feminist podcast in Sydney, and Effie (Mary Coustas) was on as a guest. The funniest icon I’ve ever met. (Keep an ear out for the episode, it’s brilliant).
… TV show she binged The American version of The Office. It finished in 2013 and I’m only watching it now. I’d hate to be accused of jumping on a bandwagon.
… time she laughed inappropriately Watching a musical and realising the seated actor at the front of the group number had his hair caught around the shirt button of the guy standing behind. Watching the cast try to keep singing, untangle the hair and not laugh was glorious. As a performer it’s doubly funny because you know how it feels when things go wrong.
Gavin ScottA pop culture enthusiast from a young age, Gavin is equally passionate about great pop music (’80s synthpop, ’10s dream pop), gripping TV series (Friday Night Lights, The Handmaid’s Tale) and trips to the cinema (I love a blockbuster as much as anyone, but I’m done with the superhero thing).