Shazia Mirza: ‘My local rabbi is funnier than most standups’
The Brummie standup and writer on the things that make her laugh the most, from Woody Allen to Curb Your EnthusiasmRobin Williams, Mill Valley, San Francisco 2013, a year before his death. He is the funniest standup I have ever seen and ever will see. There will never be anyone like him; unique, int... [Read More]
Shazia Mirza: ‘My local rabbi is funnier than most standups’
The Brummie standup and writer on the things that make her laugh the most, from Woody Allen to Curb Your EnthusiasmRobin Williams, Mill Valley, San Francisco 2013, a year before his death. He is the funniest standup I have ever seen and ever will see. There will never be anyone like him; unique, int... [Read More]
'So the universe implodes – no matter': comedians share their best one-liners
In Steve Best’s new book Joker Face, standups pick some of the funniest gags they’ve told. Here are 10 of our favouritesJenny Collier: The worst sport ever is throwing a hand-sized round thing as far as you can. Discus.Candy Gigi: Who’s a northerner’s favourite R&B star? ... [Read More]
The comedy trends of 2015: nostalgia, oversharing and new-school mimes
From newfound political awareness to a resurgence of clowning, 2015’s comedy landscape was bumpy but invigoratingIn election year, it was apt that political comedy seemed to be back on the agenda. We had Russell Brand’s last-minute intervention in the Westminster campaign – and so ... [Read More]
Send in the frowns: is this the age of the serious standup?
A New York Times article suggests that ‘public truth-telling has become the responsibility of comedians’. For evidence, look to Tig Notaro, Bridget Christie and Shazia MirzaUnfunny jokes are on the rampage, apparently – and comedy fans should be delighted about it. That’s the... [Read More]
Shazia Mirza review – scattergun thinking defuses the shock tactics
Tricycle, LondonThere are laughs to be had in Mirza’s passionate, taboo-busting comedy but she’s let down by duff puns and an aversion to logical argumentShazia Mirza dislikes performing to Guardian readers, because we analyse silently, she says, rather than laugh. Well, I like a laugh, ... [Read More]
Shazia Mirza: 'Look at me – Isis would stone me to death'
The Muslim comic received prizes and hate mail for her dark humour in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. She talks about the British jihadi bride schoolgirls who inspired her new showWith her trademark deadpan delivery, Shazia Mirza is discussing the east London school where four pupils have left for Syr... [Read More]