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Shazia Mirza, Steve Bugeja and Abigoliah Schamaun on the bill at Paddy Lennox's Laughing Bishops Comedy Club in Bishop's Stortford on December 11



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Give yourself an early Christmas present by having a giggle at the final Laughing Bishops Comedy Club show of the year on Saturday December 11.

Shazia Mirza tops a bill that also features former Bishop's Stortford High School student Steve Bugeja, Abigoliah Schamaun and host Paddy Lennox at the United Reformed Church Hall in Water Lane, Bishop's Stortford.

Headliner Mirza's latest show, Coconut, is in the running for the Best Stand Up Tour prize in Channel 4's National Comedy Awards while her previous shows, With Love From St Tropez and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, both received critical acclaim.

Shazia Mirza. Photo by Idil Sukan. (53489501)
Shazia Mirza. Photo by Idil Sukan. (53489501)

The Birmingham-born comic, who was a science teacher before turning to comedy full time, is well known to television audiences for her appearances on the BBC's QI, Have I Got News For You and Richard Osman's House of Games, ITV's Loose Women and Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains on Comedy Central.

Mirza's radio credits include BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends, The Infinite Monkey Cage and Elephant in the Room.

Stortford comedian Bugeja, who won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013, will be back on stage in his home town having made a name for himself internationally.

Steve Bugeja (53489623)
Steve Bugeja (53489623)

He has taken critically-acclaimed solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and his TV appearances include The Russell Howard Hour, Love Island: Aftersun and Zoe Ball on Saturday.

Bugeja, who has supported Stortford charities Grove Cottage and Retune, has twice been invited to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Off camera, the prolific writer has penned jokes for shows including Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News and 8 Out of 10 Cats. And he is the co-creator of new ITV2 sitcom Buffering, starring Iain Stirling, Jessie Cave, Rosa Robson, Elena Saurel, Janine Harouni, Paul G Raymond and Sean Sagar, which aired earlier this year.

American comedian Schamaun is a product of her New York stand-up roots; frank, funny, and unapologetic.

Abigoliah Schamaun (53489563)
Abigoliah Schamaun (53489563)

She first made her name on the UK comedy scene as a finalist in the 2010 Funny Women Comedy Awards and has grown an Edinburgh Fringe following by coming back yearly ever since.

Schamaun, who moved to London seven years ago, was nominated for a Malcolm Hardee Cunning Stunt Award in 2016 for buying an incredible amount of outside advertising and then plastering it with fake reviews to poke fun at the usefulness of critics' words.

Her TV appearances include I Live With Models on Comedy Central while she has opened for Jim Norton, Kyle Kinane and Gad Emelah.

Paddy Lennox
Paddy Lennox

Tickets, priced £15, can be bought at www.jokepit.com/comedy-by/paddy-lennox. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.30pm. There will be a full bar and hot food courtesy of the award-winning Secret Sausage Shop.



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