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Urzila Carlson announces Token African tour

Multi award-winning South African-Kiwi URZILA CARLSON today announces her brand-new show, Token African, will tour New Zealand this year.

The sharp-tongued stand-up will be performing in Auckland and Wellington as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in May and continue to wreak havoc in July, performing at seven other locations throughout the country.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm Monday, Feb 11.

My Live Nation members can be among the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale commencing at 2pm Friday, Feb 8.

Featuring all new material and poking fun at her birth country, Urzila laughs that Africans have become the new must have accessory!

“Okay, not really, but everyone knows one, works with one or has a sister that’s dating one of us,” according to Urzila who’s become a household name in New Zealand and over summer, made her bid for world domination, debuting on Netflix as part of the streaming service’s breakthrough stand-up comedy event series “Comedians of the World”

“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? You’re thinking about it right now aren’t you? Questioning it.

“Africa changes people. People who visit to game reserves wear ranger outfits… why is that? We don't wear scrubs when going to the doctor… Africa puts things in perspective, this show will help you find that focus, delivered to you by a Token African.”

Urzila’s natural cheeky, straight up style will have you eating out of her hand the moment she takes the stage and you’ll want to be her friend. Since taking the comedy stage in 2008 she has had sold out seasons at the Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and New Zealand Comedy Festivals. Her television appearances include Spicks and Specks, Dirty Laundry, Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Great Debate with Barry Humphries, ABC Comedy Up Late, 7 Days, Super City, Road Madness and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Galas.


 “Carlson is a gifted and accomplished comedian – an absolute must-see.” - Appetite for the Arts

“Belly laughs and guffaws aplenty” ★★★★★ - The Music

“Effortlessly likeable.. stream of belly-laughs” - The Age



Winner Best Female Comedian - NZ Comedy Guild Awards - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

Winner New Zealand Comedy Festival 2014 & 2015

Winner TV3 People’s Choice Award 2013



*NZ Comedy Festival dates; Q Theatre & Te Auaha, onsale 12pm, Thursday February 28

Live Nation pre-sale: 2pm, Friday February 8 until 10pm, Sunday 10 February


For complete tour and ticket information, visit: &

Rangatira at Q Theatre, AUCKLAND               Friday, May 3 & 4**

TE AUAHA, Tapere Nui, WELLINGTON                 Tuesday, May 7 - 11**

Bruce Mason Centre, AUCKLAND                     Saturday, MAY 25**

Heaphy Room, HAMILTON                                     Saturday, July 6

Forum North Theatre, WHANGAREI                 Saturday, July 13

Municipal Theatre, NAPIER                                Thursday, July 18

Regent Theatre, PALMERSTON NORTH            Friday, July 19

TSB Theatre, NEW PLYMOUTH                             Saturday, July 20

Town Hall, CHRISTCHURCH                                 Friday, July 26


** New Zealand International Comedy Festival