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Urzila Carlson - Funny As Interview

Funny As Interviews – 2019

South African-born Urzila Carlson got her break in Kiwi comedy in 2008, after a workmate entered her in a stand-up competition. In this Funny As interview, Carlson talks about many topics, including:

  • Turning to comedy full time, after losing her advertising job in Auckland

  • Fulfilling her goal to perform at Just for Laughs, the world's largest comedy festival

  • How illness led to getting her break on hit TV show 7 Days

  • “Gag hags” flirting ludicrously with her after shows

  • Sometimes feeling like an outsider, through being South African in a “very tightknit” comedy community

This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy. All audiovisual content is copyright to Augusto, and may not be reproduced. Publication of Funny As extended interviews made possible with funding from the NZ Lotteries Grants Board.