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Urzila Carlson

I'm Going To Need a Second Opinion



Have you ever looked back at your life and all the scenarios you have found yourself in - hilarious and scary - and wished you had gotten a second opinion? Well this is what this show covers. Second opinions! Why do we need them? When do we need them? Sometimes a second opinion can save your life, other times it can really piss you off!

As seen on TV3's 7 Days.

“Carlson’s material is fantastic” Dylan Moran, TV3

Tuesday night performed in Afrikaans - ALL ENGLISH SHOWS SOLD OUT

EXTRA SHOW - Sat 12 May, 5.30pm. Tickets on sale now!


Showing In:

Auckland Wellington


Tue 8 May - Sat 12 May, 8:30pm & EXTRA SHOW on Sat 12 May, 5:30pm


San Francisco Bathhouse , Wellington
The Fringe Bar, Wellington


Adults $20.00
Conc. $15.00
Groups 6+ $15.00* service fees may apply


0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Show Duration:

1 hour

Critics Review

Darren Bevan -'"Urzila's show demonstrates an artist on top of their game and a comic New Zealand deserves to be incredibly proud of"'open/close
Nominated for a Billy T Award last year and missing out to Nick Gibb clearly hasn't done South African stand up Urzila Carlson any harm whatsoever.

Her 2012 show "I'm Going to Need a Second Opinion" has sold out its run and she's been widely praised for her performance in the Comedy Gala this year, as well as on the circuit for the amount of hard gigging she's doing. Hell, she's even performing her show in South African as well....

And it's no surprise - she exudes confidence, swagger and presence on stage, right from her very intro, she manages to set the crowd at ease. It's a rare talent to have everyone eating out of the palm of your hand from the beginning, but Urzila's mastered it.

I think it's Urzila's honesty and openness that makes her such an appealing proposition on stage; sure, the set's peppered with some pretty racy moments and near the knuckle comments, but by using her own self deprecation and a sly nod and wink to the audience as she dispatches this stuff, she makes you feel part of the experience rather than simply being spoken to for an hour.

She's also incredibly quick witted and ready to react to what the audience throws her way. I'm not talking heckling (goodness knows there seems to be less of this at the festival this year) but if they react to a comment or answer a question in that traditionally Kiwi reluctant way, she's ready to make that part of her repartie. For example, she tells us she's quit smoking for three months now and the audience barely offers up any support; without hesitation, Urzila's response "Thanks for not over-reacting."

This year's show is a very personal one and there's one section of it when Urzila reveals something very close to her that you can feel the in take of breath from the gathered crowd. I'm loathe to spoil the reveal but it's testament to Urzila's dry, naughty wit that at this point of the show, you feel like you know Urzila and what's happened to her. It's an even more impressive feat when you realise that Urzila's really only been doing stand up for about four years now.

Thanks to naughty touches, a self effacing and self deprecating quick wit, a spade is a spade approach, Urzila's show demonstrates an artist on top of their game and a comic New Zealand deserves to be incredibly proud of - I personally believe her star is about to go supersonic and hopefully, global.

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Had me smiling from her opening line. Urzila Carlson delivers a well paced and enjoyable (and I guess the most vital element: funny) tale of a few of life's issues that almost anybody will be able to at least empathise with. I can easily recommend seeing her show.