SKY CITY Theatre, Auckland

13/05/2016 - 14/05/2016

Macs Function Centre, 4 Taranaki Street, Wellington

04/05/2016 - 07/05/2016

Buskers Club at Christ’s College, Christchurch

18/01/2018 - 27/01/2018


Flick 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival

Production Details



Award winning comedian Urzila Carlson is back with an all new stand up show that explores when it became unacceptable to like meat and impossible to process gluten. And why isn’t it okay to call people out when they’re being assholes?

You don’t need to like the latest hipster indie banjo band just because everyone’s saying they do. It’s actually okay to think they’re shit, you’re not alone.

South African born, and now New Zealand citizen, comic Urzila Carlson took to the stage for the first time in 2008 and has since racked up an impressive array of awards for her stand up including Best Female Comedian at the 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 NZ Comedy Guild Awards and the coveted TV3 People’s Choice Award two years in a row at New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

Urzila is a regular face on NZ television making numerous appearances on shows such as AotearoHA!, Road Madness and 7 Days – but it is at her live shows where she truly shows what an amazing comedy talent she is.

Urzila says “I’m almost as excited about doing this show as I was about seeing Oprah, and I was pretty excited about Oprah!”

“Loud, proud & irresistible” – Theatreview

“If you don’t have a ticket yet, find one, pinch one. Get yourself in front of this amazing and highly gifted comedian, you won’t regret it” – Theatreview


Dates: Wed 4 – Sat 7 May, 8pm
Venue: Macs Function Centre, 4 Taranaki St Tickets: $28 – $30 (service fees may apply) Bookings: iticket.co.nz // 0508
Tickets: $28 – $30 (service fees may apply) Bookings: iticket.co.nz // 0508
Bookings: iticket.co.nz // 0508 ITICKET (484 253) AUCKLAND Dates: Fri 13 & Sat 14 May, 7pm Venue: SKYCITY Theatre, Level 3,

Dates: Fri 13 & Sat 14 May, 7pm
Venue: SKYCITY Theatre, Level 3, cnr Wellesley & Hobson Sts
Tickets: $28 – $30 (service fees may apply)
Bookings: ticketek.co.nz // 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)


All shows 7.15pm. R18


Full Price $30.00
Concession $28.00
Group 6+ $28.00

*service fee may apply


“Effortlessly likeable… stream of belly-laughs.” The Age

“Standout performance… sidesplitting.” Rip It Up

Buskers Club at Christ’s College
18 – 27 January 2018

Theatre , Stand-up comedy ,

1 hour

Marvellously subversive

Review by Erin Harrington 20th Jan 2018

Multi award-winning South African-born standup comedian Urzila Carlson is well-known to New Zealand audiences through her extensive television presence and multiple national tours. This solo show, Unacceptable, is one of the headline events for the World Buskers Festival, and it sets a high bar for other comic acts.

The show is loosely structured as a cathartic exploration of things we might find acceptable or unacceptable, ranging from the banal through the absurd to the universally relatable. If you’ve got a beef about turmeric lattes or body odour, you will be welcomed with open arms.

Carlson’s style is casual, anecdotal and observational, and coloured by a cheerful sense of irreverence. Her skilful storytelling is generally, and gleefully, at her own expense, and jokes range from the vulgar to the mordant.

Underpinning the surface-level humour, delivered with the casual authority of a seasoned pro, there’s a streak of seriousness – about homophobia, body image, our assumptions about other people and cultures, and the way that we might support or undermine one another.

This is a loving and welcoming audience – no hecklers here – and while we’re invited to weigh in on the relative acceptability of some of her topics, anyone who is worried about being picked on at a comedy show can attend knowing that for this show, at least, they’ll be safe. The audience is warm from the outset, and vocal in its appreciation, and it’s apparent that if anyone’s not having a good time, they are keeping a pretty low profile. 

The auditorium at Christ’s College is a large and not always particularly forgiving space – when it’s good it’s good, but at its worst, it resembles a high-ceilinged brutalist bingo hall – but Carlson establishes and maintains a sense of congenial intimacy. This is leveraged powerfully near the end of the show, as Carlson doglegs unexpectedly from comedy into tragedy. You could hear a pin drop. It’s a gutsy and well-pitched move, and the show ends with a profound sense of compassion that showcases the immense power of comedy to expose, and tend to, difficult topics.

I’m left reflecting on the marvellous subversiveness of the evening. I come to the show having just attended The Topp Twins, who are headliners alongside Carlson, so my night’s been structured around clever, highly visible and bloody funny lesbians who do essential cultural work, shaving away at New Zealand’s conservative streak through laughter and shared experience, bringing out the best in us one dick joke at a time.


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