Jan 21, 2020
"If we are to survive as a human race we have to hide our
hatreds, we have to find things we have in common if we want to
progress and move forward."
I first met Shazia Mirza in 2002 when I had my late night talk
show in Amsterdam when we did shows around The Netherlands
together. I was riding high with the dream TV job and Shazia was a
cultural juggernaut at the time because she was playing a pro
terrorism Muslim character on stage with her one liners and was
getting a lot of media coverage at the time. When we met on this
tour Shazia had a reporter from the Guardian following her and
writing a story about her. It was a very exciting time for both of
us in our careers and even though we are both from very different
cultures we bonded because we are in the same tribe of stand up
"The Jews have a great history of producing comedians, so do
the Catholics, we have never had a history of comedians. Islam is a
new religion and so is our comedy and satire. It takes time before
you can laugh at something."
"You have to have life experience to be a comedian and
instagram is not a life experience. You can't not die, suffer and
struggle and be a great comic."
It is a privilege to be in this business and creativity is the
key to happiness.
Last year Shazia was on a reality TV show on the BBC called
Survival Island, for one month she had to survive with people from
different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities and she had a major
revelation from the experience. "What we needed to do to survive
was to keep our hatreds to ourselves. You can survive on your own
for a while but in the end you need other people to survive. It
made me see that if we are to survive as a human race we have to
find things we have in common and hide our hatreds if we are to
progress and move forward." "Spending time with people you don't
like is a waste of life. You can only judge people by two ways...
some people give you energy and other people drain you of your
energy. Avoid the people who suck the joy out of life." Brilliant
insights and sentences like "Starving to death on a desert island
is a once in a lifetime experience." is why it is my pleasure to
present to you now the one and only Shazia Mirza!