TOURING: South African/New Zealand comedian Urzila Carlson.
TOURING: South African/New Zealand comedian Urzila Carlson. CPS

Studies have shown Urzila's comedy is hit

MULTI award-winning South African / New Zealand comedian Urzila Carlson will bring her brand new show, Studies Have Shown, to Lismore next year.

Besides Lismore, Carlson will tour Studies Have Shown to Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Caloundra from March to June.

A much-loved panelist on Network Ten's Have You Been Paying Attention?, Carlson is so well-loved here, Aussies have even started referring to her as 'Australasian'.

In her brand-new hour, Carlson wrestles with the phrase "studies have shown".

Carlson said every time you hear that phrase, you know you're about to learn something ridiculous.

"Studies have shown your dog is happier than your cat. Who cares?" she said.

"How about they give funding to scientists to come up with a way to eradicate the unibrow, or those weird thin white hairs you occasionally find attached to your face?

"Let's get some research done on what happens to your blood pressure when your kid keeps getting out of bed, when you've tucked them in 20 times already!"

South African-born, and household name in New Zealand as a cast member of TV3's hit comedy panel show 7Days, Urzila took to the stage for the first time in 2008.

Since then she's racked up an impressive array of awards including Best Female Comedian at the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, as well as the coveted TV3 People's Choice Award two years in a row at the NZ International Comedy Festival.

Urzila regularly sells out her live shows in Australia.

As well as her regular seat on Have You Been Paying Attention, Carlson is regularly seen on Network Ten's annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala and The Great Debate.

She released her first book, a memoir entitled Rolling with the Punchlines, in 2017 through Allen & Unwin.