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Shazia Mirza brings her show Coconut to New Milton’s Forest Arts



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TV COMIC Shazia Mirza will bring her National Comedy Awards-nominated stand-up show to New Milton’s Forest Arts on Friday 11th February.

Hailed by The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, and a winner of a prestigious award for her regular column in The New Statesman, Shazia is currently touring with her latest show, Coconut.

She said: “I wrote this show two years ago. It was relevant, funny, timely and I knew every single bit of it. Then one day in March, the world ended. I had nothing to do, nowhere to go, and I did what everyone else was doing. I sat on the settee in my pyjamas, stuffing myself with Nutella whilst watching documentaries on Ted Bundy.

Shazia Mirza (photo: Idil Sukan)
Shazia Mirza (photo: Idil Sukan)

“I thought I’d better change my show and make it more relevant: no one cares about reality TV, celebrity and me starving in a jungle; let’s get real.”

Following the success of her critically acclaimed comic tours With Love From St Tropez – a riot of Brexit, burqas and butt-plugs through the lens of the Periodic Table; and the Kardashians Made Me Do It – a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia promises to fearlessly take on burning issues in her latest show.

She said: “People have been struggling to get eggs these past 12 months. Prince Harry told the Queen to do one, Meghan Markle turned into the new Yoko Ono and there are a few more black people on ITV.

“Things got serious and I have to do some jokes on this while I’m playing to sell-out crowds of 100 people in 3,000-seater stadiums.”

A well known face on TV, Shazia recently appeared in Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, took a speedy turn in BBC2’s Top Gear and temporarily enjoyed the high life in Channel 4’s Travel Man – 48 Hours In… Côte d’Azur.

She has also appeared on ITV’s Jonathan Ross and Loose Women, BBC1’s the One Show, and is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s the Wright Stuff.

Shazia Mirza’s Coconut will be at Forest Arts on Friday 11th February at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15. Visit www.forest-arts.co.uk or call the box office on 01425 612393.



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