|Birth name||Jeffery Mirza|
|Born||3 February 1964|
East London, England
|Medium||Stand-up, Television, Film|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Character comedy|
|Subject(s)||Islamic humour, Stereotypes|
Mirza was born and brought up in East End of London, England to Pakistani parents. At the age of 14, Mirza had his first stint at comedy when he told anecdotes about his summer holidays for assembly at his Ilford Comprehensive School. After graduating from the University of Westminster with a Batchelors Civil Engineering degree and with a Master's degree in Engineering, he informally began performing with a comedy groups called The Men from ChaCha." One of their famous sketches was a dance parody of the Chippendales called "The Chappattidales".
In 1993, Mirza won the Hackney Empire East West Quest and he went solo into stand-up and since then has not looked back. He has written pieces for magazines and is well known on the London comedy circuit. In 1995, he was a finalist in the BBC Open Mic Award for The Stand up Show at the Edinburgh festival. The same year (1995) he co-starred in a full length show with Scottish Comedian Brian Higgins in a show called 'Haggis & Curry'. Since that initial success he gave up his job as a structural engineer and began work as a full-time stand-up comedian. In the Asian comedy field he has worked with and for the 'One Nation. ..lnnit!' Team based at Watermans in Brentford and has also played all the major comedy clubs and is a regular at Jongleurs Comedy Clubs.
In 2003, he performed his show Walking With Muslims at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show 'Walking with Muslims' coincided with the 2003 Iraq War and gained world wide acclaim as Jeff Mirza appeared as dictator Saddam Hussein who was on the run at the time. He has played the comedy circuit in London including Jongleurs and The Comedy Store. He has performed all over the world, and is the first British Muslim comedian ever to perform stand up comedy to sell out shows in Saudi Arabia.
In July 2011, Mirza toured four UK cities in the Peace Youth and Community Trust's (PYCT) first Muslim Comedy Tour, alongside Humza Arshad, Prince Abdi and Nabil Abdul Rashid. From June to 28 August 2011, he presented a series of eight programmes in the world's first interfaith game show called Faith Off on the Islam Channel at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Underbelly, Cowgate, Edinburgh. He also performed his show Jihad: Heresy Or Hearsay.
Comedy style and reception
"The sharpest Asian stand up on the alternative comedy circuit, but also Britain's best loved Asian comedian" – Time Out.
"Excellent" – Andrew Martin, London Evening Standard. "Europe's Top Asian Comedian" – Andy Beckett, The Guardian. "Sharp witted rising star" – William Cook, The Guardian. "Comedy jihad. His warm, incisive, wit-strewn comedy celebrates the absurd" – The Guardian.
Awards and recognition
In 2001, Mirza won the "Best Comedian" award in the BT Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy Awards. In 2003, he won the Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy Comedy award which was held at London's Dorchester Hotel where the chief guest was Sir Richard Attenborough. The other nominees were Richard Blackwood, Felix Dexter and Gina Yashere. In 2018 Jeff Mirza was Awarded a BEFFTA Legends Award.
Mirza is a West Ham United football fan. He is married and has a son (born 16 August 2017).
|2000||Big Kids||Doctor||1 episode: "Finding Hypnotist"|
|2001||Judge John Deed||Dr. Wahid||1 episode: "Hidden Agenda"|
|2002||The Bill||Shop Manager||1 episode: "Shop Manager"|
|My Hero||Pilot||1 episode: "Zero Tolerance"|
|White Teeth||Mo||4 episodes: "The Return of Magid Iqbal", "The Trouble with Millat",|
"The Temptation of Samad Iqbal", "The Peculiar Second Marriage of Archie Jones"
|2003||Murder in Mind||Manji Patel||1 episode: "Cornershop"|
|2004||Top Buzzer||Ali / Jaffi||1 episode: "Lee's Dinner"|
|Dirty War||Asian Landlord||TV film|
|2005||Trial & Retribution||Juror||1 episode: "The Lovers: Part 2"|
|2006||ChuckleVision||Demolition Foreman||1 episode: "Off the Cuff"|
|2007||A Class Apart||Shopkeeper||TV film|
|2008||Doctors||Jaswad Mukherjee||1 episode: "Making a Splash"|
|2009||Coming Up||The Newsagent||1 episode: "Adha Cup"|
|2011||Doctors||Jaswad Mukherjee||1 episode: "Unkindness of Strangers"|
|2012||Parents||Shop Assistant||2 episodes: "#1.5", "#1.3"|
|2015||Cucumber||Mr. Bhose||1 episode: "#1.2"|
|Moone Boy||Gundeep||1 episode: "Bells 'n' Smells"|
|2016||Plebs||Tanjit||1 episode: "The Weatherist"|
|Fleabag||Shop Owner||1 episode: "#1.2"|
|People Just Do Nothing||Check-out assistant||1 episode: "Ipswich"|
|2000||It Was an Accident||Tariq|
|2004||Ne quittez pas!||Le chauffeur de taxi londonien|
|2005||The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse||Asian Dad|
|2006||Infinite Justice||Inspector Akhtar|
|Bigga Than Ben||Dennis|
|2009||Mad Sad and Bad||Dillip|
|2011||Swinging with the Finkels||Indian Man|
|Desi Boyz||Shop owner|
|2012||Seven Lucky Gods||Passport Counterfeiter|
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- Official website
- Jeff Mirza on IMDb
- Jeff Mirza on Twitter
- Gibbons, Fiachra. Jeff Mirza: Walking With Muslims. The Guardian. 4 August 2003
- Jeff Mirza, British Comedian Dressed As Gaddafi, Attacked. The Huffington Post. 21 August 2011
- Comedian attacked while wearing Gadhafi costume. The San Francisco Examiner. 21 August 2011
- Jeff Mirza’s Jihad; Heresy or Hearsay?. Underbelly, Cowgate, Edinburgh. 4 to 28 August 2011