HBAF 2022 - Urzila Carlson: It's Personal

Welcome to the days of mind your own business and don’t comment on others' business. Not their gender, sexuality, body, hair, education or career. Also, welcome to the days of total oversharing on social media, but STILL, mind your own business. We want to talk about things and want everyone to know IT’S PERSONAL! This is a show about keeping your cards close to your chest but walking around naked. Can we have it all? Yes, but also bloody no, but also it’s none of your business because IT’S PERSONAL.

Urzila Carlson has become one of the biggest names in comedy in Australia and New Zealand. It’s Personal arrives hot on the heels of her last tour Token African, as well as her NETFLIX hour-long comedy special Over-qualified Loser (released in 190 countries) and Comedians of the World. In 2019 and again in 2022 she was the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s People’s Choice award-winner for most tickets sold across the festival (30,000 to be exact!). Urzila is also a much-loved staple on TVNZ’s smash-hit panel show, Have You Been Paying Attention? both here and in Australia, and has also appeared on Taskmaster NZ and 7 Days.

Catch her while you can!

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

“If you want an unfiltered, no-holds-barred, dark comedian then look no further… Carlson is strikingly funny and gleams a stage presence like no other” - The Funny Tonne

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

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

Urzila has earned an impressive array of awards over the past few years including:

2019 Rielly Comedy Award by the Variety Artists Club of NZ
Best Female Comedian at the New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards (no less than six times)
New Zealand International Comedy Festival’s coveted People’s Choice Award (2014 & 2015)
Sydney Comedy Festival’s Director’s Choice Award (2017)
Nominee for the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer in 2018.

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Show Information

Ticket Types

Opera House tickets have NUMBERED SEATING
(A Reserve, or B Reserve Sections)
All other tickets are GENERAL ADMISSION

Concession: Gold Card Holders, Community Service Card Holders & Full Time Students with ID
Child: 12 Years & Under (selected shows only)


All Ages


Fri Oct 28th19:30 - 20:50


Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre


A Reserve Adult$59.00
A Reserve Concession$54.00
B Reserve Adult$49.00
B Reserve Concession$44.00

If you have any issues buying your tickets, please contact the festival office on 06 651 2487 between the hours of 9am – 4pm or email the team

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