Urzila Carlson ponders what it means to be African at Sydney Coliseum

Urzila Carlson.
Urzila Carlson.

Australian comedy's favourite South African-New Zealander Urzila Carlson will step into the spotlight at Sydney Coliseum Theatre on Thursday, March 4.

A huge hit both here and in her homeland, Urzila will bring the laughs with her new show Token African.

Throughout the show she'll be posing and answering questions like: what makes you African?; is it enough that you're born there?; do you need to be able to dance?; why does being South African not register as African in most places?; and why is it that after visiting Africa people come back changed, wearing ranger outfits?

Urzila has won many an award for her comedy and has most certainly become a household name in recent years.

Many will of course know Urzila from her regular appearances on the award-winning television comedy panel show Have You Been Paying Attention? She has also been a regular on Hughesy We Have A Problem, The Project and Spicks and Specks to name a few.

Her trademark deadpan humour and cheeky wit has seen her win over fans around the world.

She is also regarded a touring powerhouse, selling out live shows year after year.

Urzila literally hasn't stopped since taking to the comedy stage in 2008.

She has sold out seasons in London, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown and Christchurch.

In 2019 she was declared the highest ticket-seller at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, quite an achievement when you consider it is home to the cream of the comedic crop.

The festival is one of the three largest comedy gatherings in the world and attracts an international performing roster.

Adding to her impressive boast, that same year Urzila took home the coveted People's Choice Award at the festival.

She then capped off a great festival by making her Netflix debut as part of the streaming service's unprecedented world-wide comedy series Comedians Around The World. This saw Urzila handpicked as one of 47 comedians to perform a half-hour special filmed at Just For Laughs in Montreal.

If that weren't enough, the year was sealed with the re-release of Urzila's fascinating autobiography, Rolling With The Punchlines, which added best-selling author to her ever-growing list if achievements.

Oh yeah, she was also named the 2019 Australasian Ambassador of South African Tourism for both Australia and New Zealand, a great honour for the South African native.

Before COVID reared its ugly head, 2020 was shaping up to be another big year for Urzila, with the release of her standalone one-hour Netflix stand-up special Overqualified Loser, which was recorded in December 2019.

She was also one of the judges on Network Ten's The Masked Singer Australia.

Needless to say, like many performers who have had to spend the best part of a year away from the crowds, Urzila's bound to be itching to to to the Sydney Coliseum Stage.

Tickets for the show are on sale now. Visit the Sydney Coliseum Theatre website: sydneycoliseum.com.au

The venue is part of the WestHQ entertainment precinct at Rooty Hill.