Vale Cal Wilson

New Zealand-born, Australian adopted comedian Cal Wilson was one of the kindest and most genuine people in comedy, and will be much missed.
Cal Wilson. Image of woman with short red and black hair, wearing pink jumper and clasping hands.

Much-loved and admired stand-up comedian Cal Wilson died today (Wednesday 11 October) after a short illness, surrounded by family and friends at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.

She was 53 years old.

Wilson’s death was announced this morning by her management company, Token.

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Richard Watts OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts