In news that has sent shockwaves through the entertainment world, beloved comedian Cal Wilson has tragically passed away at the age of 53.
News of her passing has left fans and colleagues alike reeling, as they mourn the loss of a talented and charismatic entertainer whose humour touched the hearts of many.
Wilson’s passing was confirmed by Token Artists management who revealed that she died after a “short illness” with her family by her side.
“We are devastated to share the news that Cal Wilson, the much-loved stand up comedian, writer and actor died today, surrounded by family and friends after a short illness at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. She was 53 years old,” the statement read.
“Cal’s generosity, talent and friendship have been constants in the Australian comedy scene for the last twenty years. Cal was loved by her family, friends, fans and peers and a huge hole has been torn in the heart of our community.”
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Born in Christchurch, New Zealand on October 5, 1970, Wilson began her journey into the world of entertainment when she relocated to Melbourne in 2003 and subsequently starred in the acclaimed sketch show, Skithouse.
Her comedic prowess soon catapulted her into the ranks of Australia’s most celebrated comedians, gracing popular shows like Good News Week, Would I Lie To You?, and even headlining her own stand-up special on Netflix.
Wilson left a considerable mark on the Melbourne Comedy Festival with an incredible 14 appearances to her name and even serving as a distinguished board member.
Most recently, she charmed audiences as the co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel, a project she was actively engaged in when she was initially hospitalised.
Her versatility shone through as she hosted ABC’s Sleuth 101, along with an impressive repertoire of appearances on shows such as The Project, Celebrity Name Game, Show Me the Movie!, Would I Lie to You? Australia, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Hughesy We Have a Problem, Slide Show, Rove Live, Dancing with the Stars, The Wedge, and Kitty Is Not a Cat.
In her most recent venture, Wilson took the helm in presenting Who The Bloody Hell Are We? for SBS.
As news broke of her passing, social media was flooded with tributes and condolences from fans, fellow comedians, and celebrities, who shared their fondest memories and expressed their sorrow.
I’m very sad to have to pass on that Cal Wilson, who I was lucky to work with recently, has died. Thinking about her family x pic.twitter.com/Mmi3gcHlGl
— John Safran (@JohnSafran) October 11, 2023
So sad.. Cal was an exceptional comedian and human !
— Libby (@libbymcd66) October 10, 2023
How incredibly sad. Thoughts to her family 💔
— Jacqui Ohh (@JacquiLynch4) October 10, 2023
This is incredibly sad news. Rest easy Cal Wilson 🙁
— Knoaf McJones (@KnoafM22878) October 10, 2023
woah!!! what???? this is genuinely shocking
— Jonathan (Jono) Greenwood (@JonathanGwood) October 10, 2023
Sorry to hear. She was awesome on Spicks and specks and Good News Week 😢#RIP
— Cranky (@CrankChinese) October 10, 2023
Truly shocked and saddened at the news of the sudden passing of Comedian, Cal Wilson. Her presence lit up every stage brighter than her ever changing and fabulous hair colours. Sincere condolences to her loved ones and all on the comedy circuit her knew her.#RIPCalWilson
— Jensational (@jensational1976) October 11, 2023
Oh that’s terribly sad news. Thinking of her loved ones💛🙏
— nicky noodle (@nkn03) October 11, 2023
Such awful awful news. I absolutely loved everything about Cal’s humour and presence. Vale Cal Wilson. You made the world a much nicer place 💔😢
— Dr Adele Millard, MBA, BA(Hons) ☮️🎶🦘 (@trufflehuffer) October 11, 2023
So young. Tragic for her family and loss to all of us who found her such a great comic. Vale Cal.
— Helen Ryan (@Cauzwhy) October 11, 2023
Wilson is survived by her husband Chris and son Digby.