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 London with a Master's degree in Civil Engineering, he formed two groups: "The Men from ChaCha" and 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. 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. He has played the circuit in London including Jongleurs and The Comedy Store. He has performed all over the world, and is the first British comedian ever to perform stand up comedy to sell out shows in Saudi Arabia. He is regularly involved with interfaith dialogue between different communities and often called in to lighten-up and moderate contentious debates between multi-faith conservatives.
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.
Mirza is now developing a television sitcom and writing new material for a world tour.
Mirza's film credits include Bend It Like Beckham, Tomb Raider, It Was an Accident and Desi Boyz.
His television appearances include White Teeth, Chuckle Vision, Murder in Mind and Doctors.
Mirza challenges stereotypes in his acclaimed live shows.
"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.
In 1995, reached the finals off the BBC Open Mic Award.
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.
Mirza is a West Ham United football fan. He is married and has a son (born 16 August 2017).