NOVA’s dynamo of drive Cal Wilson is part of ‘the wrong way home with akmal, Ed and Cal’, NOVA’s national drive radio program.
Originally from Christchurch, Wilson started in comedy with the Court Jesters improv company, which won the 1994 world theatresports championships. After coming second on the televised comedy competition a Bit More after 10, Wilson started writing and performing in the sketch show Skitz.
She continued to appear on New Zealand television, featuring in all seven series of the national showcase Pulp Comedy, the series Scared Scriptless and various dramas, including a core cast role in Street
Legal. Her one-hour Pulp Comedy Showcase special was screened on TV2 last year.
Off-screen, Wilson continued to wing it with professional company
the Improvisers, and was subsequently invited to perform at the International theatre Improvisation festival in 1995. She also voiced and wrote for the comedy radio serials Starship cortina, caffeine
comedy hour and new In Briefs.
In 1997 she was awarded the inaugural Billy T award for up and coming comedians by the New Zealand comedy trust and was later included on the judging panel in 2001. Three years later, Metro Magazine named
her Best comedian of the year. Her trophy cabinet got even larger in 2002, when Wilson and her fellow willy nilly writers were awarded
the TV Guide New Zealand television’s Best Script, comedy.
Following the success of her one woman festival show Hell Kitty in New Zealand, Wilson took the show to the Melbourne International comedy festival in April 2001, where she received the Best newcomer award. Following her MICF 2003 solo comedy show, ‘Bride and Prejudice’, Wilson moved to Australia in 2003.
Upon arrival, she was offered a regular role on Skithouse on channel 10. Wilson followed this with appearances on comedy and panel shows The Wedge, Spicks and Specks, Good News Week and Thank God You’re Here.
Wilson has toured Australia twice as part of the Melbourne International comedy festival Roadshow in 2002 and 2004 and performed her one-woman show ‘Up There Cal Wilson’ at the 2007 Adelaide fringe
festival and 2006 Melbourne International comedy festival. She recently performed ‘Cal Wilson lively’ at the 2008 Adelaide fringe festival.
Cal has appeared on radio with Triple M’s the Shebang and get this with Tony Martin and is a regularly commercial voiceover. Wilson has written for Cleo and She magazines and in constantly in demand for
festival showcases in New Zealand and Australia.
Dancing With the Stars series seven champ Craig Monley has been dancing with his professional partner for 11 years. As juniors and youth they were eight times Australian finalists in both Standard
and latin. Until 2004, they competed in both categories before deciding to concentrate on latin.
Monley moved to London in 2005, spending two years training and competing in the united Kingdom in order to expand his abilities. As a result of this move, Monley produced some of his best work, gaining
first place in the amateur latin category of premiere dancesport championships and the crown International dancesport championships.
He also came second in the amateur latin categories for the Mega Stars International championships, the JBDF Japan International championships and the Victorian championships and clinched third sport
at the national capital dancesport championship in Canberra.
In London, Monley won places in the British amateur Rising Star latin
and the amateur latin category of the dance and listen awards, and was a semi finalist in the crystal palace cup and the BATD English championships.
Monley has been a dance instructor for one of Australia’s largest
competitive studios, attracting a large base of social and competitive
students across Australasia.
Charity: Breast Cancer Network of Australia