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Urzila Carlson

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Urzila Carlson
Born (1970-02-15) 15 February 1970 (age 49)
Johannesburg
MediumStand-up, panel shows
NationalitySouth African
Years active2008–present[1]
Subject(s)Parenting, Emigration
SpouseJulie
Websiteurzilacarlson.com

Urzila Carlson, is a South African-New Zealand comedian, known for her stand-up performances as well as her appearances on television programs in both New Zealand and Australia. Carlson is a regular panellist on 7 Days and Have You Been Paying Attention?.[2][3][4] Her memoir is called Rolling With The Punchlines.[5][6] She refers to herself as a "lesbytarian", a portmanteau of lesbian and Presbyterian.[7][4]

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Carlson was born on February 15, 1970[1] at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Johannesburg.[8] Carlson grew up in South Africa and has a brother and a sister.[5][9] Her parents separated when she was 6 or 7 years old.[5][9][4] Carlson is a lesbian and came out her mother when she was 24.[2]

She emigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2006 after her house was burgled, and became a New Zealand citizen in 2012.[8] As of 2019 lives in Auckland.[9][10][11] She married to her partner Julie in 2014, and they have two children together, a boy and a girl.[12][10]

She speaks English and Afrikaans.[8]

Career[edit | edit source]

Carlson's first job was as a typesetter for a newspaper which she did for 12 years.[2] By the age of 24 she was production manager for the largest newspaper in Africa,[9] and has won awards for graphic design and photo re-touching.[8] She didn't start comedy until 2008,[1] when she was 32.[2]

She has appeared on the Australian shows Have You Been Paying Attention?,[2] Spicks and Specks, Orange is the New Brown and Hughesy, We Have a Problem.[13] She has also appeared on New Zealand shows 7 Days and Super City[4][2][13] Carlson has appeared Have You Been Paying Attention? 23 times, and won 11 of those times. She works 6 days a week doing comedy.[2] Stand-up routines include The Long Flight To Freedom.[8]

She performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala from 2016 to 2018 and [1] and received ‘Best Female Comedian’ at the New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards.[5] She won the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer in 2018.

In 2019 she appeared in Netflix's Comedians of the World.[11][7][13]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Learn about Urzila Carlson". Famous Birthdays. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Du Chateau, Carroll (24 July 2012) Urzila Carlson: The comedian standing up for herself, The New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Media and Entertainment. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. Kanowski, Sarah (23 March 2018) Urzila Carlson: a life without regrets, Conversations, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Accessed 27 April 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Quinn, Karl (2018-03-08). "Urzila Carlson treats stand-up 'like I'm at a barbecue with mates talking s---'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "'Rolling With The Punchlines' Is Urzila Carlson's Fascinating Memoir". www.lotl.com. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Steve Bennett (2 Jan 2019). "Comedians Of The World - Urzila Carlson". Chortle. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "URZILA CARLSON: THE LONG FLIGHT TO FREEDOM". Theatre Review. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Weaser, Laura. "Urzila's Kiwi love story". Now To Love. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Urzila Carlson goes global with Netflix comedy special Comedians Of The World". Newshub. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  12. "7 Days comedian Urzila Carlson welcomes baby boy". Stuff. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Who Is Urzila Carlson? New Details On The Comic From 'Comedians Of The World' On Netflix". YourTango. 2019-01-07. Retrieved 2019-01-15.



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