Shazia Mirza: “Besides complaining and insulting, being offended is a new national pastime”
- Brian donaldson
- March 29, 2018
The comic that looked pretty traumatized on Celebrity Island last year is back with a show about Brexit and butt plugs
For a while there, one in two doctors seemed to have a career in comedy. People like Harry Hill, Paul Sinha, and Ed Patrick all drastically changed their relationship with the humerus, but could those who worked in schools now be the next professionals to teach comedy audiences a lesson?
Romesh Ranganathan (math), Billy Crystal (cabinetmaker) and Greg Davies (English and theater) seem quite happy to have left the world of parent and protractor parties behind, and in a similar boat is Shazia Mirza, who was science teacher in a past life. “There is no difference between teaching and stand-up, she insists. “You have to keep the audience engaged and interested. But the great thing about stand-up is that no one throws a chair at you and locks you in the broom closet at the end of your set.
Mirza has been in the comedy game for nearly two decades, but for many she will be the comic book that referred to her pilot’s license in the immediate wake of 9/11. While it did take some criticism back then, the entertainment world we live in now looks even more susceptible. “In addition to complaints and insults, being offended is a new national pastime,” observes Mirza. “I always think the actors say what they want. Whenever someone tells us not to say something, we do everything we can to say it. Things are more sensitive now than when I started, but that’s because we feel attacked by people who run the world.
Now Mirza is back and wielding a new touring show, With Love From St Tropez, which presents, among other things, Brexit and anal plugs. “I think it’s the only show in the world to have mentioned those two words at the same time. But you’d never know, because their connection just makes perfect sense.
Shazia Mirza: With Love From St Tropez is on tour until Friday July 13th.
Shazia Mirza: With love from St Tropez
The Birmingham-born stand-up returns with a new show on Truth and Lies, nudity, the periodic table and what little it is appropriate to wear when sunbathing on a public beach. 14 years and over.