Her comedy career started back in New Zealand in 1990 where she was a founding member of the Court Jesters improv group, and was part of the NZ team that won the World Theatresports title in Los Angeles in 1994.
In 1997, she received the inaugural ‘Billy T Award’, New Zealand's most prestigious comedy award recognizing comedians with outstanding potential, and was judged Best Comedian 2000, by Metro Magazine. However, like all great New Zealand talent, Australia has claimed her as its own and Cal has made Melbourne her home for the past 10 years.
Her live performances demonstrate her enormous talent as a stand-up comedian. Her festival shows play to sold out houses, and garner rave reviews: In 2001 Cal won the Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and has performed in line up shows and solo shows to every corner of the country since. Since then, Cal has appeared three times at the prestigious, invitation only, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, and has performed twice in her own shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A much loved regular guest on television shows such as ‘Spicks and Specks’, ‘Good News Week’, ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’ and ‘Thank God You’re Here’, Cal was also the host of ABC’s ‘Sleuth 101’ and a team captain each week on SlideShow, Channel Seven’s smash hit spontaneous entertainment show.
A highlight for Cal was appearing on ‘QI Live’, the Australian live stage tour with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies which then resulted in her being invited to the UK to be a guest on two episodes of the BBC television series.
Last year, Cal starred as an ensemble cast member of the new Australian version of world-wide hit show Whose Line Is It Anyway. She also performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 30th anniversary gala, supported Alan Carr on his national tour, was selected to perform at Just For Laughs Sydney and toured regional Australia as part of the MICF Roadshow.
In 2017, Cal returned to the stage with her new solo show Things I’ve Never Said, which drew sold out crowds at comedy festivals around Australia. She also appeared on the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala, and continues to be a regular guest on television shows such as ABC’s Whovians, Channel Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention? and Channel 7’s Behave Yourself.
Cal has also been the host of The Moth regular monthly live shows in Melbourne since 2016 when the world wide smash hit storytelling format started in Australia. Cal is a sought-after MC for corporate events, and is exceptionally handy with a glue gun.
"….. a work of art." - The Age, Melbourne
"100% festival gem…." - Inpress, Melbourne
"Frenetic, furious and crammed with laughs..." - Emerald Hill Times
"An absolute joy to watch." - Capital Times