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Laughing Into Eternity: Farewell to Beloved Comedian Cal Wilson

Laughing Into Eternity: Farewell to Beloved Comedian Cal Wilson

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Culture Comedy Vale: Comedian Cal Wilson Dies, Aged 53

By Kerrie O’Brien

Updated October 11, 2023 — 11.25am

Stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Cal Wilson has tragically passed away at the age of 53. Her agency, Token Artists, released a statement announcing her death, expressing their devastation over the loss of the beloved comedian. Wilson passed away after a short illness at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, surrounded by her family and friends.

Australian Comedy Scene’s Constant Presence

Cal Wilson’s impact on the Australian comedy scene has been immeasurable. Over the past twenty years, her talent, generosity, and friendship have been constants in the industry. Wilson was loved by her family, friends, fans, and fellow comedians, and her passing has left a significant void in the heart of the comedy community.

Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Wilson moved to Melbourne in 2003 to star in the sketch show “Skithouse.” She quickly became one of Australia’s most well-known comedians, making numerous appearances on shows such as “Spicks and Specks,” “Good News Week,” “Would I Lie To You,” and even had her own Netflix stand-up special.

Aside from her stand-up career, Wilson also made significant contributions to the comedy industry. She appeared at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 14 times and served as a member of its board. Wilson’s talents extended beyond the stage, as she co-hosted “The Great Australian Bake Off” for Foxtel alongside Natalie Tran.

Wilson’s impact reached beyond her own comedy endeavors. She had a talent for writing and had worked with fellow comedian Rebel Wilson on multiple projects in recent years. Rebel Wilson expressed her gratitude for Cal’s brilliant material and described her as amazingly talented and kind.

A Legacy of Laughter

Cal Wilson’s talent and presence were recognized beyond the comedy world. A portrait of Wilson, created by artist Andrea Huelin, won this year’s Packing Room Prize at the Archibald Prize. The portrait depicted Wilson wearing a headdress made of doll parts and Christmas baubles, showcasing her unique creativity.

During lockdown, Wilson shared her elaborate and ridiculous headdresses with her online community, adding a touch of laughter and joy to the lives of many. Her ability to bring happiness extended far beyond the stage, leaving a lasting legacy that will continue to inspire and entertain.

A Community Mourns a Loss

News of Cal Wilson’s passing has left many in shock. Fellow comedians and industry peers have expressed their sadness and shared their memories of Wilson. Adam Hills, speaking on social media platform “X,” expressed his grief over her death but also highlighted the outpouring of love for her. He described her as one of life’s best people who made everyone happy.

Melanie Bracewell, a fellow New Zealander and comedian, shared her admiration for Wilson, recalling how she was one of the first kiwi women she saw regularly being funny on TV. She considered herself fortunate to have known Wilson and described her as funny, supportive, kind, and leaving behind a lasting legacy.

Myf Warhust, Jan Fran, Dylan Alcott, Grant Denyer, and many others have also paid tribute to Wilson, emphasizing her kindness, talent, and the impact she had on their lives and the entertainment industry as a whole.

A Life of Laughter and Love

Cal Wilson’s love for comedy stemmed from her childhood. She credited her father for instilling in her a love of books and a quick wit. This love translated into a successful career that brought laughter to thousands. She found joy in making others happy and used her quick brain to entertain and delight.

Wilson’s impact extended to the world of children’s literature, where she wrote two books called “George and the Great Bum Stampede” and “George and the Great Brain Swappery.” Her creativity and ability to bring joy to others shone through in her writing, leaving a lasting impression on young readers.

Fond Farewell to a Comedy Icon

Cal Wilson’s passing is a significant loss to the Australian comedy scene and the entertainment industry as a whole. Her talent, kindness, and ability to make people laugh will be sorely missed. She leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter that will continue to inspire future comedians and entertain audiences for years to come.

As we mourn Cal Wilson’s untimely death, it is important to remember the joy she brought to the world and the impact she had on those around her. Her spirit will live on through the memories she created and the laughter she shared.


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