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Shazia Mirza

Her laconic one-liners represent something quite unique in modern comedy.” – The Guardian

Revered, applauded, loved and reviled Shazia Mirza is an award-winning comedian and columnist, as much recognised for her literary prowess as she is for her unique comedic talents.

A trained biochemist, Shazia was born and educated in Birmingham – the daughter of first-generation Pakistani immigrants. Raised in a strict Muslin family envoiroment, Shazia relunctanly pursued a career as a science teacher whilst secretly honing her writing, acting & comedy skills part-time at drama school and with late-night gigs across the country. Oblivious to Shazia’s determined but clandestine commitment to her art, it took an appearance on Have I Got News For You for friends and family to realise the extend of Shazia’s ambitions. “Although it remained the ‘c’ word in the family house for years”, she remarks.

Fusing contemporary issues with her own personal experiences, Shazia pressed a lot of buttons with her tabboo-breaking, deadpan, confident style, She grabbed national attention in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks by performing her act in recognisable hijab dress and beginning with the remark, “My name is Shazia Mirza. At least, that’s what it says on my pilot’s licence.” This was the year she won her first award – at the London Comedy Festival.

In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy and won the GG2 Young Achiever of the Year Award. She also trot the boards in The Vagina Monologues at The Royal Albert Hall.

TV work soon followed both in the UK and in the States and in 2007, she presented a documentary on BBC 3 called F*** Off, I’m a Hairy Woman – for which she spent seven months in the service of hirsutism. She was also a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (2008) and other TV credits include: Muslim Driving School (Voiceover BBC2 2010), Beautiful People (BBC2 2009) Richard and Judy ( Channel 4 roving reporter 2007) 28 Acts in 28 Minutes (BBC3 2005) The World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy 2004) and 60 Minutes (CBS 2004).

Shazia has performed her stand-up shows across the world – from the Edinburgh Fringe to Texas, USA to Dubai and Kosovo. She has particularly travelled extensively across Europe, where she is in great demand. Her hit shows have included The Last Temptation of Shazia Mirza and Portrait Of Shazia Mirza. Radio appearances include a regular slot on BBC Radio Scotland and The Now Show on BBC Radio 4.

As a writer Shazia formely penned a fortnighly column for The New Statesman for which she won ‘Columnist of the Year 2008′ at the prestigious PPA Awards. She has written for the Guadian for many years and currently has a new weekly column in their Weekend magazine entitled ‘Dairy of a Disappointing Daughter’. She also writes for Virgin’s Hotline Magazine. In March 2009, she was listed on the inaugural Muslim Women’s Power List as one of the 20 most successful Muslim women in the UK.


Clever, groundbreaking and very funny” – Evening Standard

Engagingly wry, with great detail in material” - The Stage

Rave reviews” – Telegraph

Great routines” – New Statesman

Mirza the Lenny Bruce of female stand-up” – Metro

A cool, smart, opinionated, clever, funny comic” – Fest

Shazia Mirza has won rave reviews for her frank and honest stand up comedy routines about being a young Muslim woman in Britain” – The Daily Telegraph

One of the top new stand up comics” – The Sun

She’s Hilarious….. An instantly likeable and warm character and a sharp and sassy performer” – Edinburgh Evening News



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