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 is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts