Biography

'She evokes Joan Rivers' The Evening Standard

Revered, applauded, loved and reviled Shazia Mirza is a comedian and writer, as much recognised for her literary prowess as she is for her unique comedic talents.

Shazia was born and educated in Birmingham – the daughter of first-generation Pakistani immigrants. Raised in a strict family envoironment, 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.

Fusing contemporary issues with her own personal experiences, Shazia pressed a lot of buttons with her taboo-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 2008, 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.

She has worked on TV both in the UK and in the States and in 2007, she presented the hit documentary on BBC 3 called F*** Off, I'm a Hairy Woman. She was also a semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing (2008) and other TV credits include: 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). She is a regular panellist on 'The Wright Stuff' on Channel 5.

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 critically acclaimed show 'The Kardashians Made Me Do It' has been a sell out success. Radio appearances include a regular slot on BBC Radio 2- 'Pause for Thought' and The Now Show on BBC Radio 4.

As a writer Shazia wrote a weekly column for The New Statesman for which she won 'Columnist of the Year 2008' at the prestigious PPA Awards. She has written for the Guardian for many years, in her own columns in their Weekend magazine entitled 'Dairy of a Disappointing Daughter'. She also writes for Virgin's Hotline Magazine, The Financial Times,The Telegraph, The Mail.