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Adelaide Fringe '18 Review: Cal Wilson


Adelaide Fringe '18 Review: Cal Wilson

Kate Sansome

New Zealand comedian, Cal Wilson, returns to the Adelaide Fringe with her brand new comedy show, Hindsight.  Wilson brings a hilarious hour, filled with observational humour about anxiety, parenting and social politics.

Her commentary about her personal experience with anxiety, or ‘overthinking,’ is so relatable and had the majority of the crowd in stitches and nodding in agreement.  She even had the crowd take a quiz to see whether her fears were irrational reactions or something everyone experiences. These included things like moths, underwater submerged objects and some more rational fears, such as snakes.

She was reluctant to speak about her son, but the majority of the show were these hilarious anecdotes about her family.  She shared these hilarious stories about parenting, such as the time she told her son that Santa wasn’t real or that the secret to ending a friendship with another parent was giving their child a whistle, or worse a recorder.  Although some of the parenting topics did not apply to me, her comedic anecdotes had the older crowd in absolute stitches.

The show rounded out with a bit of social commentary on feminism and the recent #MeToo movement.  She shares that as she has gotten older, she is less afraid of offending the audience and hopes to use her platform for some positive social change.  She stressed the importance of men believing women when they have a negative experience and shared some of her personal experience in showbiz.  She also spoke about her distaste towards the word ‘slut.’

Wilson's Hindsight is a hilarious, quick-paced, captivating hour filled with lots of laughter.  With it being a brand new show, Hindsight feels fresh and genuine as Wilson tests her new comedy material at the Adelaide Fringe.

Where:  Studio 7 at The Garden of Unearthly Delights

When: 16th - 25th February 

Tickets: From $30.00 here

Star rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Header image via Adelaide Fringe