FUNNY TO FIT IN
With the Aussie series of Whose Line is it Anyway? hitting our screens, cast member Cal Wilson shares how she found her funny bone
How did you land the role? I got asked to audition for it, which I am so grateful for. I think my heart would have broken if I wasn’t involved. There were four lots of auditions because everyone wanted to do it. They did a really smart thing by going for improvisers and not celebrities – it wasn’t about “Oh you did a gardening show, you’re a race commentator”. Were you nervous taking on such a comedy institution? I wasn’t nervous but I probably should have been. I was more overawed by it. They’ve changed certain things – there’s a live band, different set, new and young performers and Tommy (Little) is such a different host, so it really felt like our show from the start. I’m in love with the band, the band is so great. Musicians are way cooler than comedians, and we’re like, “The band think we’re funny! We’re great, we’re so great”. Do improvisers have to be comedians? Improvisers are kind of different from stand-ups because with stand-up you want to be the one to get the gag, but with improvising it doesn’t matter who gets the gag as long as the gag is got. We’re the biggest bunch of nerdy geeks; Tommy Little loves to tell us how uncool we are. Comedians are usually the outsiders or the misfits. Even if we don’t appear to be misfits, that’s the way we feel about ourselves. I learnt to be funny because I didn’t know what to say, so if I could make people laugh we had a connection without having to share anything deeper. Once you start making people laugh it’s really addictive. Well you’re really good at it. Thank you, you may stay. There’s a good male to female ratio on the cast, how do you feel about that? It’s a real testament to the producers that they went with that because it is quite uncommon. But there are actually a lot of women who do improv and I don’t know why that is, maybe because it’s more collaborative. It’s so nice to not be the only woman. It’s really exciting to see all these young female comedians like Tegan Higginbotham and Susie Youssef who are so brilliant and have such clear distinct voices. We need to normalise it. Women are really funny but we haven’t had the role models.
Whose Line is it Anyway? 7.30pm Sunday, The Comedy Channel
Cal Wilson at QT Hotel Gold Coast.