Like all the good stuff that comes out of New Zealand, Australia has adopted Cal as one of our own. Why wouldn't we? Her open, warm and cheery playfulness has us all wrapped around her pinkie. Our guards are down - time for her to strike!
She tells us of her fondness for everyday, true funny anecdotes, rather than fabricated comedy set-ups (A real story of a child having a stubborn raisin sucked out of his nose is infinitely funnier than "So, three men walk into a bar..."). She warms us up with some of her own funny stories. In the background, cards with prompts of "Travel", "Pets", "Operations" and "Sex" get the audience members' brains jogging. Hands are raised when she asks if we want to talk about any of these subjects. Someone is picked, and the game is on.
She never pushes anyone out of their comfort zone, keeping us in the driver seat as she lays down all the possible roads we can take. I was singled out for raising my hand when the inevitable "Embarrassing Sex Moments" topic was raised, and I had no reservations in telling a room full of people about a moment when my Mum didn't knock before entering my bedroom. Cal has set up a nice comfortable atmosphere where people can laugh with you, not at you. All of those "You should've been there" moments are right here.
No other comedian could've pulled off this kind of show. Quick-witted, and bursting with enthusiasm, Cal is in her element. Each show gets a recap on her blog, but it doesn't compare to the energy in the room. You should've been there.