Pick­ing on life’s ir­ri­tants

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Comedy - Tanya Macnaughton

TURMERIC lat­tes and de­con­structed flat whites are two things tar­geted by co­me­dian Urzila Carlson in her Perth Com­edy Fes­ti­val show Un­ac­cept­able.

“It’s just about all the un­ac­cept­able stuff that we see ev­ery day that we ac­cept,” the South African-born, New Zealand-based Carlson said.

“I’ll cover ev­ery­thing from racism and ho­mo­pho­bia, which of course is un­ac­cept­able, but also the lit­tle things like peo­ple pick­ing their nose or stop­ping in the mid­dle of the foot­path and tex­ting.

“And then I cover things that are ac­cept­able, that I think we don’t get enough credit for, like how baby boomers com­plain about mil­len­ni­als on their phones and how the par­ents are ter­ri­ble for let­ting them do that.

“But when they were kids they’d just run around the street all day and their mums wouldn’t know where they were un­til din­ner time. How is that more re­spon­si­ble par­ent­ing? At least we know where our kids are all the time be­cause we’re tak­ing 10 bil­lion photos of them.”

Carlson, a mother of a three­and-a-half year old and sev­en­month-old with her part­ner Julie, said she moved to New Zealand in 2006 be­cause she was sick of the crime in South Africa.

She saw an ad­ver­tise­ment pro­mot­ing im­mi­gra­tion to New Zealand and moved three months later, where she also changed ca­reers from be­ing a news­pa­per pro­duc­tion man­ager in South Africa to work­ing in New Zealand ad­ver­tis­ing.

It was there a col­league sug­gested Carlson be­gin stand-up com­edy and signed her up for an open mic night in 2008.

“It was the scari­est thing I’d done in my en­tire life,” she said.

“I got a call the next day to say I was through to the next round and ini­tially I said I wasn’t in­ter­ested, but I don’t be­lieve on miss­ing out on any op­por­tu­nity be­cause I don’t want to ever live with re­gret. So I went back, it went well and then I was hooked.”

“It’s been amaz­ing and a to­tal blur,” she said of her ca­reer, which in­cludes TV and a book.

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