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Creeping Charlie Proudly Presents 

Urzila Carlson

Urzila Carlson: Poise Control!

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As children we are taught to mind our manners, never call a fatty a fatty, or an uggo. We are scolded for our child like honesty. As a grown up it’s important to have poise, grace and be in control of our emotions.

Urzila Carlson will teach you Poise Control and how to handle difficult situations while dealing with assholes.

Sold out 2012 & 2013, so book now!

Winner – TV3 People’s Choice Award 2013

Watch Urzila Carlson's performance at the Old Mout Cider Comedy Gala here!

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Showing In:

Auckland Wellington

Dates:

Thu 1 May - Sat 3 May, 9pm

Venues:

Rangatira at Q Theatre, Auckland

Tickets:

Adults $30.00
Conc. $26.00
Groups 6+ $24.00* service fees may apply

Bookings:

09 309 9771

Show Duration:

1 hour
 

Critics Review

Ben Blackman - Keeepingupwithnz.com'5 Stars - Urzila rips through her material like a biltong-flavoured tornado, and delivered the first barista joke I have heard ever. If you are someone who reluctantly puts up with bad coffee then go see Urzila and you shall be empowered and released from the curse of burnt milk. Go seek out that wizard barista, just be prepared to fight for him/her...'open/close
Like German people, South Africans are not generally expected to be naturally that funny. That is a huge generalisation and one that last year’s People’s Choice Award winner Urzila Carlson disproves.

She’s back at this year’s NZ International Comedy festival with her show – Poise Control. During the opening of her show she explains that the title does not at all refer to panty liners but to the subject of political correctness. Beware though, panty liners are recommended for those who may need them because this show is hugely funny.

Urzila rips through her material like a biltong-flavoured tornado, and delivered the first barista joke I have heard ever. If you are someone who reluctantly puts up with bad coffee then go see Urzila and you shall be empowered and released from the curse of burnt milk. Go seek out that wizard barista, just be prepared to fight for him/her.

Many know Urzila Carlson from her appearances on the TV show Seven Days, this does not do her comedy justice (not a criticism). I urge all who have not seen her live to go and do so immediately. In terms of delivery Urzila is a master class, she manages to get the crowd abuzz purely by her magnificent stage presence.

Poise Control tackles issues of family, relationships and focuses on the brutal honesty of children and old people. Children are little assholes, she tells the crowd, and she is too right. They have no tact, no filter, and will never fail to find something odd about your features. I don’t want to give too much away because this is a must see act, a genuine five -star experience indeed.

http://keepingupwithnz.com/2014/05/02/urzila-carlson-rangatira-q-theatre/
Brigid O’Connell - Heraldsun.com.au'5 Stars - The pace is fast, segues are seamless and the content is about real things, real people can relate to.'open/close
5 Stars - URZILA Carlson has a big presence — she swears profusely and tells us upfront she doesn’t do audience participation.

Thank goodness. I like her instantly.

Carlson’s stories of growing up in a South African game park, moving to peaceful New Zealand and devising ways to get out of a lesbian wedding make for continual laugh-out-loud moments.

I can understand why many audience members were “repeat offenders”, as she calls them.

The pace is fast, segues are seamless and the content is about real things, real people can relate to.

What does your “resting bitch face” look like? Ever tried to look a stranger in the eyes and smile to mess with them?

The show’s tone changes towards the end of the show, delving into serious topics such as Nelson Mandela’s pre-prison life and apartheid.

But when she takes you down these dark roads, you’re with her for the ride because she’s carried you so close for so long.
Brigid O’Connell - Heraldsun.com.au '5 Stars - The pace is fast, segues are seamless and the content is about real things, real people can relate to.'open/close
5 Stars - URZILA Carlson has a big presence — she swears profusely and tells us upfront she doesn’t do audience participation.

Thank goodness. I like her instantly.

Carlson’s stories of growing up in a South African game park, moving to peaceful New Zealand and devising ways to get out of a lesbian wedding make for continual laugh-out-loud moments.

I can understand why many audience members were “repeat offenders”, as she calls them.

The pace is fast, segues are seamless and the content is about real things, real people can relate to.

What does your “resting bitch face” look like? Ever tried to look a stranger in the eyes and smile to mess with them?

The show’s tone changes towards the end of the show, delving into serious topics such as Nelson Mandela’s pre-prison life and apartheid.

But when she takes you down these dark roads, you’re with her for the ride because she’s carried you so close for so long.
Chelsea Hughes - Ruminator.co.nz'... a great show with hilarious moments.'open/close
I turn up to San Fran to see Urzila Carlson about two minutes before the show starts, and the venue is packed.

Urzila immediately gets the audience on-side with jokes about Wellington, making fun of the snobby coffee and craft brew cultures. When she suggested Wellington had shit coffee the audience audibly gasped. It was beautiful.

One of the things I liked most about her was her ability to insult the crowd and endear them simultaneously. It’s one of the riskiest tightropes a comedian can walk, and Urzila nails it, especially her bit about the long standing “”””rivalry”””” between Wellington and the Hutt. She’s an outsider and with that brings a clever and fresh perspective. Having been away from Wellington over the past few years, I could totally relate, but everyone was laughing – even the locals – which says a lot about the truth of the joke.

Urzila tells us the show is called Poise Control, about being a grown-up and controlling your emotions but also being more honest and upfront about those emotions. She accuses the world of being ‘too PC’ and discusses the perils of not being completely honest with each other all the time. I totally agree with her, except with her choice to describe that as “politically correct”. To me, “politically correct” is a phrase people use when they want to be an asshole and the world isn’t letting you. Being honest is completely different to being a dickhead. It was probably just a small difference of opinion on the definition of the phrase, and the audience didn’t seem as affected by her use of the phrase as I did. Have I become too politically correct?

The beginning and end of the show were strong, but some of the jokes in the middle obviously needa bit more work. Generally, comedians will slide new material in the middle of their sets to ‘hide them’ as they develop them, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the weaker material was just newer than the rest. I sat right down the back, and the crowd where I was sitting became slightly disengaged until the end, when her strong finish and clever call backs re-captured their attention.

Overall, it was a great show with hilarious moments. I’d recommend you see it, but there aren’t any tickets left, so too bad!

Read more:
http://comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/urzila-carlson-poise-control-
Naomi Cohen - Theatreview.org.nz'Urzula Carlson is an incredible performer from the moment she walks out on stage to her final thank you, she is captivatingly present and feeds off the crowd. Beg, borrow or steal, but do what ever you have to do to see this show but do remember to take her seriously and Google ‘Babies born with teeth': it will indeed blow your mind...'open/close
The South African born New Zealander has hit the nail on the head with her delicate balance between crass, straight forward punches and insightful witticisms. Here we see a woman who accepts herself and isn't afraid to make fun of her own insecurities which is incredibly refreshing, particularly for a female.

Because of this, I feel as if I didn't just go see a comedy show, I also went to see a motivational speaker. Carlson's show is full of life lessons and analogies. She is constantly going back to the fact that as a country, we are too politically correct which she claims is the reason New Zealanders drink shit coffee. What an incredibly funny yet true finding that sure as hell made me question my cuppa this morning.

Since she is now a mother, she talks a lot about raising children, which one might expect from a female comedian. However I have never laughed so hard as she expands on how blunt children are. With each story of her nephews and nieces I am unable to control my outbursts of violent howls, nearly spilling my drink on my fellow patrons.

Carlson provides some reassuring advice as she compares children to computers, born with out any apps or virus protection and reminds us that as mothers, it is our job to load these on to the helpless little PCs. A delightful analogy that ties in seamlessly with the theme of her show.

Read more:
http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=6987
Tim Gruar - Ripitup.co.nz'... an hour of fantastic fun.'open/close
Carlson tells the room that she thought up the title for her show before she realised that Poise was a feminine hygiene product. It was the opening gambit for many reflections on the indelicate intricacies of the female psyche. The show's initials 'PC' gives her plenty of licence to compare people to IT. "Some people are Apples and some are sh**y Dells. My Kid, I think, will be half way in between - I hope," she's exclaiming. She goes on to mix descriptions and anecdotes of her "lesbi-tarian" marriage with the birth of her daughter and observations on how people really are like little computers. Babies are brand new with only the factory settings. Teenagers are in transition, mothers are firewalls and old people with broken drives, expired apps and forgotten passwords.

Carlson's delivery is well paced and consistent. She owns the stage without stamping the 'for sale' stickers everywhere. It's an enjoyable night and offers a few good insights into the mind of the enemy. Now I know NOT to get in the car when my wife is upset with me - the argument will last all the way to the BBQ, seethe through the evening and fully rage again on the ride home! I'll be trapped in a cage, at the mercy of irrational woman's logic and rage. What's that about? It's about an hour of fantastic fun. And finally I learned why we're all pent up due to a national political correctness overdose. It's because of bad coffee. Of course, Carlson knows where to find the best Baristas. Thank God!

For the original review head to:
http://www.ripitup.co.nz/culture/review-urzila-carlson-poise-control-san-francisco-bath-house-wellington-tues-6th-may-2014/

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