Comedian Shazia Mirza is bringing the funny to the UK this year on her ‘Coconut’ tour, promising to bring her own personal experiences blended with her taboo-breaking, deadpan style.
Shazia first got into comedy when teaching science, wanting to find ways to pass the time during classwork.
She told us: “I was a teacher teaching kids who were not interested in science, and neither was I. We just hated being there and so I just stood in the front of the classroom and would just tell them jokes. They never thought I was funny but we just passed the time together and I realised I was doing stand-up!
“When I look back on it, I think doing stand up is actually easier than teaching sixteen-year-old boys because they’d literally get up and be like ‘God, Miss, this is so bloody boring- when is this lesson going to end’. Thankfully no one’s stood up and said that they were bored during my show yet. So when I started stand up I thought, wow this is really easy!”
Since then, Shazia has gone on to appear on shows like Have I Got News for You, The Jonathan Ross Show, Loose Women, and Top Gear, just to name a few. Although the pandemic has set back her tour and has caused her to write and re-write the show, Shazia’s still excited to get back to what she loves and knows best.
“I think people just want to have a laugh now, after everything, I don’t think they want political, I don’t think they want heavy, I don’t think they want social commentary, I think they just want to have a laugh. Some of the gigs I’ve been doing on Zoom, I haven’t even been that funny but people have been roaring with laughter. I thought to myself ‘God this is going to be easy, people are so desperate’.”
A particular highlight of the show that Shazia has vowed to keep in is her bit about The Island with Bear Grylls, likening it to our current situation.
“The Island with Bear Grylls is all about survival and I’m going to keep it in because it’s so easily related to what we’re all going through. It’s all about ‘how do you survive?’ and, on The Island, women tend to survive better than the men. Women on the show just kind of get on and do stuff and the men just kind of sit around thinking about how awful things are. So I’m definitely keeping that bit in.”
In the future, when things get back to some sort of semblance of normal, Shazia would eventually love to have her own show, a place of comfort for viewers who can just relax and have a laugh, she told us: “I just want to have a laugh and some fun doing a TV show because I don’t know when we’re going to have a full theatre again. We need laughter, you know? We need audiences packed together to feel the force of that laughter.”
Shazia’s brand new show will push boundaries you didn’t know were there, it will challenge and delight audiences and, in uncertain times when everyone is looking for answers – it will deliver even more questions!
You can catch Shazia on her Coconut tour when it kicks off on the 28th of May. Be sure to book yourself a seat and have yourself a laugh by heading to https://www.shazia-mirza.com/tours/ and let’s finish off 2021 and welcome in 2022 with some light-hearted fun!
The Coconut Tour Dates:
- 28th May 2021- Banbury, Mill Arts Centre
- 25th June 2021- Doncaster, Cast
- 27th June 2021- Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
- 24th July 2021- Cambridge, The Junction
- 25th July 2021- Southampton, Hanger Farm Arts Centre
- 16th September 2021- Oxford, Old Fire Station
- 18th September 2021- Finchley, artsdepot
- 6th October 2021- Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre
- 31st October 2021- Nottingham, The Glee
- 16th November 2021- Brighton, Komedia
- 12th February 2022- Colchester, Colchester Arts Centre
- 27th February 2022- Birmingham, Old Rep Theatre