Mirza, Shazia

AWARDS

Winner of the 2001 Hackney Empire Best New Act at The London Comedy Festival

Winner of the 2002 Metro Magazine’s People’s Choice Best Comic Award in association with Jongleurs Comedy Clubs and The London Comedy Festival

Winner of The Young Achiever of the Year Award’ at the Government’s Leadership and Diversity Awards


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Shazia trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London and works full time as a writer, actor, and stand up comedian.

Shazia is in HUGE International demand, and in 2003 performed her own Total sell out shows in:

Berlin Germany , Copenhagen and Odense in Denmark ,Geel Belgium ,

San Fransisco (Herbst Theatre), The Hotel Du Nord Paris,

The Edinburgh Festival Scotland, Stockholm Sweden (Sodra Teatern), The Arosa Comedy Festival Switzerland, Prishtina and Prizren in Kosova.

Shazia has received TV and press coverage from all European and Scandinavian countries, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, and the Far East. In 2004 Shazia completed tours of the following countries with her own show, all tours are a Total sell out

USA: Detroit Michigan, New York City, Modena Italy, Zurich Swizerland (Bernhard Theatre) The Halifax Comedy Festival Canada (which was filmed for CBC television)The Edinburgh Festival Scotland, tour of Holland which included the following cities:Tilburgh, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Breda, Nijmegen, Den Haag, Eindhoven,& Oss

Besame Mucho, Switzerland then a national tour of Sweden which included the following cities: Gothenburg, Umea, Sundsvall, Stockholm, Uppsala, Kristianstad, Karlshamn, Vaxjo.

Shazia has performed at The Royal Albert Hall in the Vagina monologues , Eve Ensler asked her to write her own monologue for the show, which she performed with Isabella Rossellini, Maureen Lipman, Meera Syal, Dannii Minogue, and Anita Dobson.

TELEVISION has included writing and presenting ё10 Things you always wanted to know about Islam (But were afraid to ask) for BBC1, Have I got News for You (BBC) Richard and Judy (Channel 4) and a talking head on The 100 worst Pop songs (Channel 4) The 100 scariest moments (channel 4), 100 Greatest musicals (channel 4) Greatest TV moments (Channel 5) Great Britons (Channel 4) and The Vicar of Dibley 10 th Anniversary special (Channel 5). Joan Bakewell’s Taboo , and profiled alongside Film director Gurinder Chadha on Big dreams breaking the mould’ (BBC2), Network East late show (BBC2)

Appeared a panellist on Mind Games (BBC3 Series I and 2)

Performed stand up Comedy on Mega Mela Malai (BBC1), The Best of The London Comedy Festival Including The London Palladium (LWT), Take the Mike (ITVI).

Internationally Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Channel have filmed a profile on her, as have Danish, French, German and Swedish Networks. She recently appeared on French TV5s Tout Le Monde En Parle which is the top rating Saturday night light entertainment TV show in France.

She has also performed stand up comedy on ёStockholm Live’- The Swedish stand up show on TV2.

Shazia recently recorded a programme called With Great Pleasure’ - a literary version of Desert Island Discs for BBC Radio 4 which will be transmitted In January 2005.

Shazia has performed stand up Comedy on 28 Acts in 28 minutes transmitted on BBC3 at 9.30pm in February 2005.

In the USA Shazia’s career is also taking off. She was recently profiled on CBS ѓ60 MINUTES as well recording her stand up for Comedy Central’s The world Stands Up (To be transmitted November 2004).

Shazia also recently played Saddam Hussain’s Wife in ԑThe off Broadway production of The Ruler of Saddam’ and she is looking to concentrate on working in film.

In 2005 Shazia will be performing a new show and tour of Pakistan, Australia, USA, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland.

WINNIPEG Comedy Festival Canada 5th, 6th, 7th, April 2005 (Recorded for CBC Television Canada).


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CONTACT: Vivienne Smith (Manager) at Vivienne Smith Management

Garden Studios
11-15 Betterton Street,
Covent Garden,
London WC2H 9PB.

Phone UK (0870) 240 5660
FAX: UK (0870) 240 5661
EMAIL:mail@viviennesmith.com or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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USA: Chris Till (Agent)
PARADIGM
19, West 44 th Street suite, 1410
New York
New York 10036
USA

Phone: 212 391 1112
Fax: 212 575 6397
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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FOR PERSONAL APPEARANCES AND ALL LIVE WORK :

Peter Pappalardo
PARADIGM
150 East 58th Street 19th Floor
New York NY 10155
USA

Phone: 212 813 9292
Fax: 212 813 1972
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PRESS QUOTES:

ѓIn the global menagerie of Comedy, Mirza is that rarest of rare creatures From the vaunted comedy store in London to Brighton’s tea time titters Mirza is a proven drawŅ.She hurls that trademark line, then comes a gale of laughterԅ Guarantees an audience for her biting deadpan observations

MARSHALL SELLA- THE NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY MAGAZINE

ԓHer packed crowds always explode with laughter and applause

ALIZA MARCUS- THE BOSTON GLOBE

Shazia Mirza Ԗ The Lenny Bruce of Female Stand up Comedy because no one else will

THE METRO UK

Calm, confident, challenging, and always with original materialӔ

THE EVENING STANDARD UK

ԓAlways does a great routine, and is breaking new ground

THE NEW STATESMAN

ԓShazia Mirza is one cool, smart ,opinionated clever, funny comic with a neat line in bitchy social commentary

THE FEST UK

ԓSticks the knife into political correctness with hilarious effect,

A new Gay Icon- a must see

ATITUDE MAGAZINE

ԓLooks like Audrey Hepburn, tough as George Bush, and funny as Richard Pryor, you have to see her to believe her

DAGENS NYHETER, SWEDEN

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