Hilarious stories take precedent over punchlines in Cal Wilson's fun new Comedy Festival show. Essentially, the show revolves around trading stories. Wilson curates a rich communal vibe, spruiking her own classic accounts of the good, the bad and the ugly in life before encouraging the audience to share their own tales. With a variety of topics on the table for discussion, it's stand-up comedy meets Choose Your Own Adventure, making for an engrossing hour.
Through her warm, bubbly persona, Wilson easily slices through punters' apprehension and unwillingness to open up, eventually ensuring a kind of anecdotal free-for-all. As the evening progesses, you genuinely find yourself at ease and edging towards participation. Of course, that also stems from the fact that Wilson is a willing participant in her own game, forever poised to lay everything bare and do her utmost to score the trust of her audience.
The success of the show outside of Wilson's own collection of stories will ultimately vary from night to night with new audience members, but it's obvious the quick-witted comic can just about spin any yarn into something some supreme comedic worth. Put simply, with the creative and ever-funny Cal Wilson, you know you're in good hands.
If you tend to prefer genuine stories and real-life characters over refined and contrived routines, then Wilson's new show is definitely for you.