Freelance writer Vince Chadwick writes…

Cal Wilson has been meaning to apply for Australian citizenship, but she tells us, she just hasn’t got around to it yet. Procrastination is the theme of Wilson’s show this year, though this lively New Zealander has still managed to put in appearances on Nova FM, SkitHOUSE, Rove Live, Thank God You’re Here, Good News Week and Spicks and Specks since moving to Melbourne in 2003.

Wilson does nice rather than edgy. Notwithstanding a memorable précis of her ‘first time’, this is the kind of show you could feel safe taking your mother-in-law along to see. And on this particular night, Wilson does! In keeping with the theme she quickly sets her to work knitting a scarf inherited from previous audiences.

There is a lot going on; mystery boxes, dress ups, and a giant game board on which to list everyone’s tales of WOELOG (as in ‘Window of Efficiency’, versus ‘Lifetime of Guilt’). The audience obliges by tapping into a rich vein and reminding us – like good comedy should – of the oddities of the everyday. Tax returns, food, finding a job, thank-you notes, some things it seems, can wait.

Wilson has all the likeable charm of an Adam Hills, though without the wherewithal to quite string together a convincing narrative from the wave of audience contributions. This gives the show a slightly plodding feel, though few could fault the energy and enthusiasm. A brilliant finale sums up why our host deservedly played to a sell-out crowd this Sunday night.

Cal Wilson in The Great Intender at The Portland Hotel, 8:30pm, until 23rd April.