On Wednesday 7th December 2022
there was yet another of Karel's shambolic shows
(the 7th - not counting Milano)
and had her escargots, shopped for slacks, garlic
and tracked down une tarte tropezienne before performing
11, rue des Canettes Paris 6
****Shazia Mirza made her name in comedy with an audacious, topical joke shortly after 9/11: “My name is Shazia Mirza – at least, that’s what it says on my pilot’s licence.” Two decades on she is still a fearless comedian and deserves to be famous for much more than that one-liner.
Perhaps her new show Coconut will help her push through to the next level. The Muslim ex-teacher explains in her trademark deadpan style that due to frequent rescheduling she has rewritten her set about 11 times. The hard work has been worth it though. This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece about identity peppered with winning gags.
Her own identity is certainly evolving. Mirza once performed in a burka, now she is in glam black blouse and trousers. She has always been good at finding the humour in her strict Birmingham upbringing and Covid has given her a fresh perspective on her childhood. Lockdown was a doddle, she was used to not being allowed out.
At the centre of Coconut is an anecdote about appearing on Bear Grylls’ TV show The Island. Her reflections on taking part are funny and illuminating. Was she approached to tick diversity boxes? How would the middle class, white male competitors cope away from their cosy privileged lives at home?
Mirza managed to tiptoe on the tightrope of a line between
the last job well dungeoned of the year
Matters In Paris
Presents for the Sixth Time
Wednesday 21st November 2018
19, rue de Lappe Paris 11
Shazias TV work includes; The One Show (BBC1), Celebs In Solitary (Channel 5), Travel Man 48 Hours In... (Channel 4), Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls (Channel 4), The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV), Loose Women (ITV), Top Gear (BBC), The Late Late Show (RTE), Have I got News for You (BBC), 60 Minutes (CBS), Last Comic Standing (NBC) and she is a regular panellist on Jeremy Vine (Chanel 5). Radio Appearances include; Graham Norton Show (BBC), Steve Wright in the Afternoon (BBC), The Craig Ferguson Show (SiriusXM), The Now Show, (BBC), Arthur Smiths Comedy Club (BBC), Saturday Live, (BBC), Midweek, (BBC), Womans Hour, (BBC), With Great Pleasure, (BBC), Between Ourselves (BBC), A Good Read (BBC), Vanessa Feltz Show- Pause For Thought (BBC), The Frank Skinner Show and Absolute Radio. Shazia Mirza is an award winning British stand up comedian and writer who works internationally. She has performed stand-up shows across the world in Europe, US, Asia and the Far East. Her sell out tours include; Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Indonesia, Nong Kong, Cambodia and Kosovo. Listed by The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, Shazia is also a winner of the prestigious PPA Awards; 'Columnist of the Year for her writing in The New Statesman. Other publications she writes for include; The Guardian, The Financial Times, the Daily Mail, New Internationalist, the Chicago Tribune, the Big Issue and Loaded Magazine.
5 4 star reviews
Shazia Mirza is provoking laughter and large intakes of breath once again ... brave and urgent THE TELEGRAPH
As brave a piece of comedy as youll see MAIL ON SUNDAY
"she's effective at getting under your skin... strikes a blow" METRO
"at this moment in time post-Brexit, post-Nice, post-Orlando its on point chilling and superb" THE SKINNY
"Mirza has stepped up a gear... the bravest thing youll see on a comedy stage this year... a remarkable finale" SUNDAY TIMES
The Kardashians Made Me Do It is inspired by three
girls who left
The revered, applauded, loved and reviled comedian
Laughing Matters Presented the
Cuckoolands in Paris
As seen on TV and a Prayer Mat
Tuesday September 24th 2013
105, rue du faubourg du Temple Paris 10
Shazia will be nesting in Paris with her Cuckooland show that she's toured the UK with
and over the summer performed in California.
Hope she had a map and didn't get lost. I'll ensure she has one this time.
Great fun-da-mental stand-up on route to la Java.
Shazia Mirza is an award winning British
stand up comedian and writer originally from Birmingham England. Although
she doesn't live there anymore because she's doing well.
Shazia could have married a rich man and lived in a mansion on The Bishops Avenue, with servants, bidets, and horses. But instead she chose to drive up and down the country for as little as ten pounds, staying in dirty lurid bed and breakfasts trying to make people laugh.She thought of giving up, but no man wants to marry her, now that's she's dabbled in jokes and fingered a few white men on the 38 bus.
She hopes one day to have a cleaner and a jacuzzi.
"Her laconic one-liners represent
something quite unique in modern comedy."
This will be Shazia's third visit to Paris and comes
after her acclaimed show at this year's Edinburgh Festival
tue 7 & wed 8
it took some persauding but in the end she
straddled the scooter and we rode off into the night, she drank a lot of hot
chocolate in unusual places, lost and found her eurostar ticket home and her
purse with all her hard earned dosh and credit cards, got a brand new outfit
from Serge Ben Simon
and lost the ice cream out of her cone.
She was also very funny for hours on end.
+ Patrick Monahan
sun 8 , mon 9 , & tue 10
all shows sold out