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“My mum can’t find me anyone to marry. My friend Matthew looks at me with great concern and says, “You’re not thinking of becoming a Jihadi Bride are you?” Would I do that? The weather in Britain isn’t great, and the sunsets and landscape in Syria are meant to be very romantic… I’d get a husband, wouldn’t have to work, and would definitely get a place in heaven. Yes I’d miss my hair straighteners and hot pants, but that’s a small price to pay.”
Following an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, Shazia Mirza takes her new show on tour. ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It’ is a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides.
The Kardashians Made Me Do It is inspired by three girls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS, and an unrelated radio piece Shazia contributed to the BBC which subsequently received a record number of complaints. The show tells of the confusion it caused as she looks into the nature of offence, the dangers of politically correct liberalism versus the sinister and terrifying intrusion of ISIS into the lives of young British Asian women.
**** “Shazia Mirza is provoking laughter and large intakes of breath once again… brave and urgent”. The Daily Telegraph
**** “a vital show, deftly handled, rammed with provocation.” “As brave a piece of comedy as you’ll see.” Mail on Sunday
**** “she’s effective at getting under your skin… strikes a blow.” Metro
Revered, applauded, loved and reviled Shazia Mirza is an award-winning comedian and columnist. Appearances include; The Jonathan Ross Show ITV, Loose Women ITV, Have I Got News For You BBC, F*** Off, I’m a Hairy Woman – for which she spent seven months in the service of hirsutism, The Dog Eat My Homework BBC, NBC’s Last Comic Standing (2008) and other TV credits Include: Muslim Driving School (Voiceover BBC2 2010), Beautiful People (BBC2 2009) Richard and Judy (Channel 4 roving reporter 2007) 28 Acts in 28 Minutes (BBC3 2005) The Late Late Show RTE1, The World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy 2004) and 60 Minutes (CBS 2004) The Wright Stuff regular panalist 2011 to Present. 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.
‘Her laconic one-liners represent something quite unique in modern comedy.’ The Guardian
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 has performed sell out tours of Norway, Sweden Denmark, Holland, India and Pakistan.
Radio Appearances include a regular slot on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio 2’s Vanessa Feltz Show- Pause For Thought, The Now Show on BBC Radio 4, With Great Pleasure Radio 4, Between Ourselves, The Frank Skinner Show and A Good Read.
As a writer Shazia formerly penned a fortnightly 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 and then had a weekly column in their Weekend magazine entitled ‘Dairy of a Disappointing Daughter’. Also for The Financial Times and the Daily Mail.
Dates and opening times
Wednesday 22 February 2017 7.30pm
Address and contact details
The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans
Postcode: AL1 3LD
Tel: Box Office 01727 844488