Dylan Moran - TV3'"Something completely relatable in her demeanour, somewhere between the inner cynicism we all have and the positivity of a kindergarten teacher"'open/close
Seeing a comedian for the second time can be a mix bag.
A bit like when you see a former partner at a party for the first time you broke up, you can walk out feeling disappointed, over the moon, or maybe just a little apathetic to it all.
Urzila Carlson's festival show last year was one of my favourites, and in the past year her career has certainly taken off - you might recognise her from her regular spot on 7 Days.
I was a little dubious as to whether there'd been enough water pass under the proverbial bridge, so to speak, but she proved there's been a rainstorm flood the plains this past year.
2K12 Urzila Carlson is an improved model - last year's show was a little hard to relate to and at times a bit aimless - but the theme has been refined and the overall show seems much shorter than it actually is.
Where the 2011 session was focused on her travels and experiences, this year's central theme centres on one particular life experience when she was 20.
It's an hour long affair, broken up with various asides and random musings - but this girl can spin a yarn and have you entranced the entire time.
The one critique I had last year was that Carlson’s anecdotes were just slightly too long, too loose. Not so any more.
In fact, it’s a very, very tight show. Some of last year’s jokes popped up but it almost seemed as though material had been cut out and she was using her tried and true jokes to bump the show up to an hour.
Unfortunately this tightness caused her tale to end somewhat abruptly and confusingly, like a Michael Bay movie with fewer pyrotechnics.
There's something completely relatable in her demeanour, somewhere between the inner cynicism we all have and the positivity of a kindergarten teacher, and it’s good to see that in our time apart she’s dramatically improved her craft.