Shazia Mirza

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Shazia Mirza
Mirza performing
Born (1979-10-03) 3 October 1979 (age 36)
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Medium Stand-up, Television
Nationality British
Years active 2000–present
Genres Observational comedy, Satire, Deadpan, Self-deprecation
Subject(s) Comedy, Observational comedy, Social commentary, Family
Notable works and roles The Jonathan Ross Show, Loose Women, The Wright Stuff, The World Stands Up, Have I Got News For You

Shazia Mirza (Urdu: شازیہ مرزا‎; born 3 October 1979) is an English stand-up comedian and columnist of Pakistani descent.


Mirza was born as the eldest daughter in Birmingham, England, to Pakistani Muslim parents who moved to Birmingham in the 1960s.[1][2][3][4]

Earlier in her life, Mirza was a science teacher in a secondary school and taught Dizzee Rascal, now a rapper.[5][6][7]



About a year into her stand-up comedy career, Mirza gained UK-wide publicity in the months when the world was coming to terms with the September 11, 2001 attacks. This was because at this time she would begin with the deadpan remark, "My name is Shazia Mirza. At least, that's what it says on my pilot's licence". In April 2007, she presented a documentary on BBC Three called F*** Off, I'm a Hairy Woman. She has since performed stand up comedy on many TV shows around the world, USA, Canada, Holland, Paris, UK


Mirza has been a regular columnist for The Guardian since 2004.[8] In 2006, she also began writing fortnightly columns in the New Statesman magazine, for which she won Columnist of the Year 2008 at the prestigious PPA Awards. She now has a regular column in Dawn News, www.DAWN.Com, published on a Saturday.


Mirza is a regular panelist on the Channel 5 topical discussion series The Wright Stuff.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2003, The Observer lists her as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.[9]
  • 2008, Awarded Columnist of the year at PPA Awards 2008 for her articles in the New Statesman magazine.
  • March 2009, Listed on the inaugural Muslim Women's Power List as one of the 20 most successful Muslim women in the UK.[10]
  • Semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing season 6.
  • 2010 Winner AWA The Arts and Culture Award.


  1. ^ The Jonathan Ross Show s10 e11, 19 March 2016
  2. ^ Shazia Mirza (2010-04-12). "Halal comedy? You might as well ask for halal bacon". London: The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Life – The Times". 
  4. ^ Mirza, Shazia (3 August 2008). "What I know about men". The Guardian. London. 
  5. ^ Time Out London: Shazia Mirza: interview 17 June 2008
  6. ^ Shazia Mirza: Diary of a disappointing daughter Shazia Mirza's weekend column 22 May 2010
  7. ^ Interview: Shazia Mirza 23 June 2010
  8. ^ "Profile: Shazia Mirza". London: The Guardian UK. 2008-07-23. 
  9. ^ The A-Z of laughter (part two) The Guardian 7 December 2003
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