Vale Cal Wilson, Brilliant Kiwi Comedian Dies After a Short Illness


Cal Wilson on the set of Great Aussie Bake Off
Cal Wilson on the set of Great Aussie Bake Off
Cal Wilson, the brilliant Kiwi comedian, captured hearts and tickled funny bones worldwide with her unique brand of humour.

Wilson on Wednesday, aged 53. 


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Wilson’s management said the popular stand-up and TV personality, originally from Christchurch, died surrounded by family and friends at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

“We are devastated to share the news that Cal Wilson, the much-loved stand-up comedian, writer and actor died today, surrounded by family and friends after a short illness at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney,” the statement by Token Artists read.

“Cal’s generosity, talent and friendship have been constants in the Australian comedy scene for the last 20 years,” Token Artists said. “Cal was loved by her family, friends, fans and peers and a huge hole has been torn in the heart of our community.”

Wilson – who is survived by her husband, Chris Woods and her teenage son Digby – reportedly chose to keep her cancer diagnosis a secret. Only her closest friends and family were aware of her health battle.

There are countless reasons why we adored the talented comedian, but here are 10 that stand out:

  1. Witty Observations: Cal Wilson possessed a keen eye for humour in everyday life. Her ability to find hilarity in the mundane was a testament to her comedic prowess.
  2. Exceptional Storyteller: Whether recounting personal anecdotes or spinning imaginative tales, Cal’s storytelling skills were second to none. Her narratives were not just funny but also deeply engaging.
  3. Quick Wit: A hallmark of great comedians is their lightning-fast wit. Cal Wilson’s ability to deliver witty one-liners and comebacks on the spot was truly impressive.
  4. Relatable Humour: Cal had an uncanny talent for addressing universal experiences, making her comedy resonate with audiences from all walks of life. Her relatable humour was a testament to her understanding of the human condition.
  5. Diverse Range: From stand-up comedy to acting and radio hosting, Cal Wilson’s diverse talents shone through in her various endeavours. Her versatility was a testament to her creative spirit.
  6. Feminist Perspective: Cal often incorporated feminist themes into her comedy, shedding light on important issues with a dose of humour. Her commitment to empowering women and addressing gender equality is both admirable and funny.
  7. Positive Vibes: Cal’s comedy radiates positivity. Her humour was uplifting, leaving audiences with smiles on their faces and warmth in their hearts.
  8. Endearing Personality: Beyond her stage persona, Cal Wilson’s real-life charm was infectious. Her affable nature made her even more endearing to her fans.
  9. International Success: While hailing from New Zealand, Cal took her comedy to international stages, earning recognition and admiration from comedy enthusiasts around the world.
  10. Unapologetically Herself: Perhaps the most compelling reason to love Cal Wilson was her unapologetic authenticity. She fearlessly embraced who she was, and her courage to be herself was both inspirational and uproarious.

Cal Wilson’s comedic brilliance not only brought laughter to countless lives but also served as a source of inspiration and empowerment.

Her humour is a reminder of the joy that can be found in the ordinary and the extraordinary. There are countless reasons to love the remarkable Cal Wilson. Rest in peace. 


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