South African born Urzila Carlson is a multi award winning Stand Up comedian who appears regularly on television shows in New Zealand - 7 Days, Super City, Road Madness and Australia - Have You Been Paying Attention. She lives in Auckland, with her wife and two kids.
Urzila’s natural cheeky, straight up style will have you eating out of her hand* the moment she takes the stage and you’ll want to be her friend. Internationally and locally she is becoming a sought after act, both as a stand up headliner and as an MC.
Since taking the comedy stage in 2008 she has had 5 sold out seasons at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, television appearances on Spicks and Specks, Dirty Laundry, Have You Been Paying Attention, The Great Debate with Barry Humphries, Comedy Up Late as a guest and a host, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Galas. Urzila has also done sold out festival shows in Perth, Sydney and Adelaide Comedy Festivals, and performed for Just For Laughs at The Sydney Opera House. In New Zealand she has sold out every solo show she’s had since 2009.
Urzila is a very popular regular panelist on the hit show 7 Days and has appeared in TV shows such as `A Night at the Classic’, ` The Comedy Christmas Cracker’ with Rhys Darby, AotearoHA!, and The Jono Project.
She is a recognisable face not only on the comedy circuit in New Zealand and Australia, but is also a celebrated author, columnist, presenter, sports enthusiast and a DIY expert**.
* Please note there might not be anything in her hand to eat.
** Not a real expert.
Urzila Carlson speaking at TEDx Auckland
Urzila Carlson - Showcase 2015
Hilarious! I'm a big fan of Urzila's, but she really made the effort to customise her routine for our audience, drawing on her own experience in our industry. ... keep reading Fairfax Media
Great at gauging the audience and knowing how far to go. Great length and everyone was really entertained!
Urzila was an amazing MC and had taken time to get to know enough about our company and people. An incredibly funny and wonderfully entertaining lady. We would definitely use her again.
Urzila had us laughing from the get go! She connected with our rural clients very well.
Urzila was absolutely wonderful! The show was fantastic and I have had nothing but positive feedback since! Everybody loved her performance and it made for a great night. Urzila was so brilliant to deal with, she even hung out with the audience post show and took photos which was an absolute highlight for them. I have nothing but praise!
We have had nothing but fantastic comments about how funny she was and how brilliant her MC'ing was. She certainly made what could have been a rather dull web awards event into a hilarious hour of comedy. We would also especially like to thank her for attending our after party - that was beyond the call of duty and everyone remarked on what a 'good sort' she was and how she wasn't afraid to mix it with the IT geeks!
Urzila was very aware of the type audience she was performing for and her material was totally appropriate. People were laughing so much they had tears running down their faces.
Controlled the crowd, happy to do anything we asked. Very friendly and HILARIOUS!! Got a fantastic response from people who attended the event.
Urzila was absolutely amazing. She was so interested in our cause and so keen to be involved in all parts of our day. The crowd loved her and she really lifted our event. Many of our guests said it was the best long lunch yet and she was a major factor in this. She was so easy to work with and accommodated the crowd with so many selfie requests. We loved her!
Urzila was very specific about what details she wanted to do - Housekeeping, fire exits etc. Her experience speaking at numerous events guided us for a good start to our morning, which was much appreciated. Urzila was also very obliging with photographs etc. She was very well appreciated by our delegates at the conference and set a good vibe for the next two days.