Last Updated on October 11, 2023, 5:44 am
Cal Wilson, a New Zealand-born Australian Comedian, passed away after a brief illness.
An Australian-based stand-up comedian, author, radio, and TV presenter passed away at 53
Cal Wilson, a New Zealand-born comedian who made her mark on the Australian comedy scene for over two decades, passed away after a brief illness on October 11, 2023. She was a stand-up comedian, author, radio and television presenter.
Who was Cal Wilson?
Cal Wilson was born on October 5, 1970, in New Zealand. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. After her studies, she began her comedy career and became a full-time stand-up comedian. In 2003, she moved to Australia and began living in Melbourne, where she ruled the comedy scene for two decades.
She appeared on several Australian comedy shows like ‘Spicks and Specks,’ ‘Good News Week,’ ‘the Project,’ and many more. She performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 14 times and had her own Netflix comedy special. She was also co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off, which was in production when she was first admitted to the hospital.
What happened to Cal Wilson?
She died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney after a brief illness at age 53. The details of her death have not been made public. A close friend and fellow comedian, Damian Callinan, told a local news channel that she died ‘surrounded by love.’ He also said that,
“It was a short illness. It was a mystery illness, and they didn’t know what it was until it was too late, basically.”
He said he felt ‘grateful’ to be able to say goodbye to Wilson alongside her family. He added that the renowned comedian was surrounded by love when she departed from the world, and ‘her love continues to spread around the country and the world.’
The community mourns Cal Wilson.
Her death has left a void in the comedy industry and the world that can never be filled. She was loved and respected by everyone. Her peers describe her as ‘one of the best people’ and a ‘vibrant person.’ Notable Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson had nothing but praise for the late comedian. She remembered her as ‘amazingly talented and amazingly kind.’
Comedian Adam Hills said he was heartbroken by the news of Wilson’s death, but witnessing overwhelming love for her has been ‘heartwarming.’ He said she was one of the best people and made everyone happy in her performance and real life.
Wendy Moore, a group general manager of Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel, which broadcasts ‘The Great Australian Bake Off,’ described her as a professional whose genuine heart-warming humor won the hearts of the cast, crew, and audience.
She is survived by her husband, Chris Woods, and their son Digby.
We offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends. May her legacy live on forever.
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