The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Factory, Thu Feb 19
A packed house greeted Cal Wilson who appeared onstage bright and bubbly, wearing a huge grin that pretty much stayed there the entire show. As a comic she is sharp, fast and works well with her audience. Wilson doesn’t need to rely on put-downs and other gags at her audience’s expense – she encourages interaction and seems genuinely interested in the crowd’s opinions.
Her present show, Undercurrents, is a clever title that explains the mad peddling that goes on underneath her calm smooth surface. From this point, Wilson shares a myriad of tales from misunderstood conversations to five year olds, the Easter Bunny, the joys of Christmas and beyond. Wilson’s delivery is so fast; I held my own breath waiting to see if she would take one herself. Of course this is part of the energy of her shows and the crowd had no problem keeping up with her.
Highlights included her take on Aussie slang (as an expat New Zealander she is fascinated with our habit of creating a ‘saying’ for just about everything), another opportunity for some audience involvement leading to great hilarity. Likewise, the ‘discussion’ regarding various ways to say ‘vagina’ was also a worthwhile exercise and showcased her lightning fast wit and improvisational skills. In another comic’s hands, things might have descended into the vulgar, but with Wilson it was more like having a good laugh with a friend over a couple of drinks. This is perhaps her gift as a comedian and we are all the better for it.
A night with Cal Wilson is just a big girly hoot!
Rosie van Heerde
Cal Wilson – Undercurrents continues at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Factory until Sun Mar 1.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255or adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.