Someone will always be offended: Shazia Mirza
British stand-up comic Shazia Mirza on jokes, censorship and familyart and culture Updated: Nov 16, 2013 16:17 IST
Ask Birmingham-based stand-up comedienne Shazia Mirza when she discovered her talent for being funny, and she quips that if she’d realised it, she would have repressed it “because it would have been unacceptable in my family” (they wanted her to be a doctor).
The 37-year-old humourist, who will be performing in the city soon, has won several honours, including the AWA Arts and Culture Award and the Columnist of the Year at Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Awards. She has toured Sweden, France, Denmark, the US, Germany and the Netherlands over the past decade.
How is the comedy scene different in India and the UK?
For the British and Americans, stand-up comedy has a long history and tradition, but it’s still new in India and the east. It is catching up, though. Here (in India), it’s less slapstick and more thoughtful humour.
What is in store for the Mumbai audience?
I will keep it to myself for now. It will be my first big performance in Mumbai. I think the crowd will be great. They are desperate to laugh, I’ve heard.
Any tips for aspiring comedians?
For aspiring comedians, the mantra should be, be funny, be honest.
Catch Shazia Mirza perform from October 15 to October 17, at Canvas Laugh Factory, Lower Parel, from 8.30 pm onwards.