Rolling with the Punchlines: A Memoir

Author(s): Urzila Carlson

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Written with her trademark deadpan humour, Urzila's memoir is full of great stories, about both the big things in life as well as the little things.

Urzila first got into comedy when her workmates entered her into an open mic evening which, unknown to her, was a competition that she won. This accidental beginning in stand-up has led her to an incredibly successful career in comedy with regular gigs on television as well as sell-out shows in comedy festivals across New Zealand and Australia.

But life hasn't always been a bundle of laughs and Urzila talks about her childhood with a great family, apart from her abusive dad, and about growing up in South Africa. She shares the crazy but true stories from her OE, her move to New Zealand, coming out, getting married and having children, and her life in comedy.

This is a great read from one of our most loved and most popular comedians.


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'A woman who wears scars like a beauty mark, Urzila is a force of nature, unsinkable and funny. She's the heroine we hope is inside every one of us.' --Lucy Lawless

'Can't believe she has read a book, never mind written one. She's very funny though.' --Jimeoin

Top Australasian comedian Urzila Carlson has racked up an impressive array of awards for her stand up including 'Best Female Comedian' at the New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards several times, and the coveted TV3 People's Choice Award at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. South African born New Zealander Urzila took to the stage for the first time in 2008 and her stand-up shows in New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth are hugely popular sell- outs. She makes numerous television appearances in New Zealand and Australia on comedy galas and shows like 7 Days and Road Madness in New Zealand, and the Oxfam Comedy Gala and Comedy Up Late in Australia.

General Fields

  • : 9781877505638
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : October 2016
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : October 2016
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : 272
  • : Urzila Carlson