Cal under currants

SHE may have performed in Perth a few times with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, but this month�s Perth International Festival will be the first time comedian Cal Wilson brings a full solo show to the west coast.

With a desire to enjoy Perth�s warmer weather and raid our op shops, the Melbourne-based comedian will present her stand-up show, Undercurrents, at Mt Lawley Bowling Club from May 7 to 9.

�It�s about a bunch of different things, strung together by the idea we all have stuff going on under the surface,� Wilson said.

�On the poster, I�m buried up to my neck in red currants � I�m literally under currants.

�I thought it was a pretty clear joke, until a journo from Brisbane said, �so, tell me about the poster, why strawberries?�.

�To be honest, I came up with the idea for the poster, and after I�d stopped laughing and high-fiving myself, I realised it fit in nicely with the material I was writing.�

Wilson honed the show at April�s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, performing at the Swiss Club of Victoria where she was �kept in continuous supply of chicken schnitzel� and got to see other gigs by comedy friends including Claire Hooper and Tom Ballard.

The year does not look like it will be slowing down for the New Zealand-born comedian after her Perth visit, with news she is writing full-time on new ABC program The Weekly starring Charlie Pickering.

�It�s been a while since I wrote for TV, and I�m enjoying re-developing those muscles,� she said.

�Also, it�s pretty great having a gig where having to watch TV is part of your job description.�

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Cal Wilson � Undercurrents

Where: Mt Lawley Bowling Club

When: May 7 to 9

Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au