April 13, 2010

Shazia Mirza, a female comedian of Pakistani origin (will wonders never cease) has something to say about her experience of Pakistani society while delivering a series of comedy shows in Lahore and Karachi. I'm sorry I didn't get to see her perform, but I completely agree (and sympathize) with her candid view on Paki social hypocrisy. Read all about it, here.

8 comments:

Anj said...

Interesting read -- I wonder if we can find videos of her performing.

Xeb said...

"google" it :P

Anonymous said...

xeb, Shazia was great at lums! very funny. (had dinner with her and the organizers after). a breath of fresh air in, as you rightly say, a society steeped in hypocrisy.

and gunga sain was also here the next day. brill.

Xeb said...

Lucky you! :)

I miss the LUMS life.

Anonymous said...

yeah, lucky me! :-)

gotta say, though, she's being a bit ungracious in that: 1) she'd been to Pakistan before and she should have known that she'd need a visa; 2)the so-called 'bribe' was, as far as I know, a fee paid to get a visa at the airport.

khair, that doesn't take away from a brilliant performance.

Xeb said...

At the end of the day, she is a Brit, and they seem to take entry into former colonies as a matter of fact (who needs a visa when you're a colonial master) :P

On a more serious note, any idea where we can get videos. Anj (and I) would be most interested in hearing the woman. I've only managed to find a few articles thus far...

Anonymous said...

xeb, no-one made a video that day ...thank God! don't want the maulvis breathing down my neck (long story)

she writes a regular column for the guardian (saturday's)but ur right: stand-up comedy is always more direct and daring. if i find anything i'll send a link (i hope u do likewise)

take care,

Roshni said...

she was on BBC Asiannetwork a couple days ago... you can probably find it on thier website.. they have a "playback" option =)