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The Week Ahead: British Muslim Comedian to Perform in San Francisco

Muslin comedian Shazia Mirza
Shazia Mirza


The New York Times has said that Shazia Mirza, the Muslim comedian from Birmingham, England, is *The Lenny Bruce of female stand up.” Shazia, who has sold out shows across the US and Europe with her taboo-breaking, smart, sly, deadpan humor, returns to the Punchline, in San Francisco, for one night only: Wednesday October 3.

Shazia, whose credits include “Last Comic Standing” and the BBC's “Have I Got News For You,” fuses contemporary issues with personal experiences. She grabbed national attention in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks by performing her act in a hijab and beginning with, "My name is Shazia Mirza. At least, that's what it says on my pilot's license."

Since then, she has appeared on 60 Minutes, been featured in the New York Times, and performed in such hot spots as Dubai, Kosovo, Pakistan, and Texas.

In Shazia's new San Francisco show, she will talk about subjects ranging from her mother's dire desperation to get her married to how Indian immigration officials didn't want to let her into India because they didn't believe she was British (and well, because she has Pakistani parents).

Shazia is a trained biochemist who was raised in a strict Muslim environment. She reluctantly pursued a career as a science teacher while secretly honing her writing, acting, and comedy skills part time at an acting school and with late-night gigs across the UK.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 @ 8pm

WHERE: The Punchline, 444 Battery Street, San Francisco

TICKETS: $15 (+ 2 drink minimum) Must be 18 or over

INFO: 415-397-7573 •


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