Review Scene: Urzila Carlson, Poise Control, 11th April 2015, Greek Centre, MICF, Melbourne

South African born, New Zealand resident Urzila Carlson has a heart as big as her girth, which unashamedly she explains is because she loves pies. In her one hour stand-up show Poise Control she discusses our blunt honesty and curiosity as children, which we need to have more of as adults, rather than be poised and controlled to deal with anger and assholes in our daily lives, oh and shit coffee, road rage, a bigoted midwife and those fucking car stickers.

Carlson explains the four different paths we can choose to take in our lives, all beginning with the letter H.  Carlson’s story about dealing with retailer Hippies in the Hippy Path is particularly funny and sees the rowdy Saturday night crowd roaring with laughter. Instead of political correctness, Carlson encourages us to push back, to speak up for ourselves instead of getting angry and accepting the lava hot coffee we can’t possibly drink, and also to engage with each other more. The Hipster look sported by many guys right now, particularly by baristas is also discussed, and the night is peppered with material inciting belly laughs and stories we can all relate to.

Urzila Carlson is an entertaining, and hilarious performer, using experiences in her life for comedy fodder,  and is well worth a look. See her before her shows sell out and the comedy festival ends this Sunday April 19th.


Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Tue-Sat 8.15pm, Sun 7.15pm (60 mins)

Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 & at the door

Full Fri & Sat $30, Full Wed- Thu & Sun $25

Conc, Group (10+) & Laugh Pack $20 (N/A Fri & Sat)

Preview & TT $20


About Anna-Maria Megalogenis 157 Articles
Anna-Maria has been writing for Street Press in Melbourne and Sydney for over 20 years. She is passionate about food, music and the arts, is an avid reader and used to hand write reviews for Beat Magazine at the Great Britain Hotel, where a patron once suggested she was ripping off articles in Rolling Stone magazine.