Cal's comedy capers back in town

WHAT do you get when you put five comedians in a Tarago?

Comedian Cal Wilson, back in town on Saturday night.

Comedian Cal Wilson, back in town on Saturday night.

The answer is the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow, which hits Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre on Saturday night.

MCed by Dave Callan, the bill boasts TV regular Cal Wilson, the returning Harley “I Heart Bunnings” Breen, musical drag king Beau Heartbreaker and Venezuelan comedian Ivan Aristeguieta.

For Wilson, this is familiar territory. “I’ve been doing these since 2003,” she said, who is in the Tarago as we speak.

“They’re good fun — you get four noisy, smelly comedians in a car ... no, not smelly ... I’m getting some evil glares from the others.”

When Wilson isn’t being packed into a van with other comedians, she’s racking up frequent flyer points.

Between the overseas comedy festivals such as Montreal and Edinburgh, Wilson has been popping up on TV shows in the UK, her country of origin New Zealand and her adopted homeland Australia.

From British show QI to Aussie favourites such as Spicks & Specks, Thank God You’re Here, Slideshow, Good News Week, Adam Hills Tonight, Can Of Worms and The Circle, she has been a regular on our screens for more than a decade, starting with the now-defunct Skithouse.

“I did QI and that was very excellent — I really enjoy that show,” she said. 

“I do miss (Good News Week), it was great fun to do.

“And I do a show in New Zealand called Seven Days, which is their version of Good News Week, so I still get my fix of news-comedy-panel shows.”

But Taragos and planes aren’t the limit of Wilson’s comedy travels.

“I’ve done a few gigs on cruise ships,” she said.

“They are a bit weird, because usually you do a show and leave but in these you do a show then stay with the audience for three days.

“I got badly sea sick on my second cruise and actually ended up doing a show lying down.

“The producer said ‘you don’t have to do it’ and I said ‘I’m not coming on this f****** boat for nothing!’. Otherwise I would have been through hell for no reason.

“So I laid down on the stage and did the set and everyone liked it because they were feeling the same way.

“Then I did another gig and went to bed for three days.

“Now (when I do cruise ship gigs) I always open with that story.”

The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow is at Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre this Saturday from 8pm.

mneal@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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