Shehzad Ghias Shaikh

Stand-up comedian/Writer/Trainer

Shehzad Ghias Shaikh, the founder of Cogito Productions and Room for Improv-ment, has a decade of experience working in the theatre and television industry of Pakistan. He is also a journalistic scholar on theatre in Pakistan.

Shehzad performs stand up comedy all over Pakistan, the United States and Canada. He also tours with his improvisational comedy troupe and writes comedy and satire for various organizations.

Shehzad has degrees in law, arts and theatre. He offers workshops, trainings and speaking sessions on confidence building, communication, personality development, idea generation, team building, writing, acting, directing, improvisational and performing.

For Bookings/Inquiries: Please contact at

shehzadghias@gmail.com

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Coverage of Checking In? presented by the City School and Cogito Productions, produced and directed by Shehzad Ghias Shaikh.

 In January 2013, Shehzad was interviewed by the News for his work giving comedy workshops in Lahore at The Knowledge Factory - January 2013

In January 2013, Shehzad was interviewed by the News for his work giving comedy workshops in Lahore at The Knowledge Factory - January 2013

 "I'd say that a simple idea can be developed into a full-fledged comedy sketch or skit, a stand-up act, a joke or a sitcom."

 Review of Shehzad's stand up comedy performance at the Guitar School Lahore in The News - July 2013

Review of Shehzad's stand up comedy performance at the Guitar School Lahore in The News - July 2013

"Shehzad Ghias Shaikh is a stand-up comedian, the founder of Cogito Productions, a theatre actor and director. Needless to say, he lived up to the expectations of the crowd. "

 Recognized by Soneri Bank for all my work.

Recognized by Soneri Bank for all my work.

 Review of Stand up comedy performance at Kuch Khaas Islamabad, - June 2012

Review of Stand up comedy performance at Kuch Khaas Islamabad, - June 2012

"Not only did it show that Shehzad grasps the art of standup comedy but also that he made sure he had something to banter with his audience about - themselves. "

 Review of the First Act in Express Tribune, Khalla and Barri directed by Shehzad Ghias - June 2011

Review of the First Act in Express Tribune, Khalla and Barri directed by Shehzad Ghias - June 2011

“The acting was breathtaking and I couldn’t look away for even a second during the performances.”

 Interview in the News promoting 'Yeh Bhi Ek Kahani Hai' - January 2010

Interview in the News promoting 'Yeh Bhi Ek Kahani Hai' - January 2010

"We as students need to realise that education doesn’t end in class rooms and now it is our duty to educate and entertain the masses at our level,” Shehzad Ghias told The News."

 Review of Con'fuse in The News - March 2010

Review of Con'fuse in The News - March 2010

"“The hysterical neighbour, the paunchy Khurdam, a well-nuanced performance by Shehzad Shaikh”

Quote from the ‘Daily Times’ review,

“Shehzad was cast as a homosexual, while Khurdam added exuberance to the play through his comic antics. Other members of the cast included Wajiha, Anum, Talal, Mariya and Bilal, all of whom gave outstanding performances.


Best Director and Best Play awarded to Shehzad Shaikh for Raqs-e-Bismil at the Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore in April 2010.

 Dina Arham winning Best Supporting Actress and Amtul Baweja winning best actress for 'Barri' at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in a play directed by Shehzad Ghias - March 2011

Dina Arham winning Best Supporting Actress and Amtul Baweja winning best actress for 'Barri' at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in a play directed by Shehzad Ghias - March 2011

 Interview in the News promoting the first Cogito Youth Performing Arts Festival - September 2010

Interview in the News promoting the first Cogito Youth Performing Arts Festival - September 2010


 Dramafest at Fast University Lahore - April 2012

Dramafest at Fast University Lahore - April 2012

The Shehzad Ghias directed 'Teesri Dastak' at Fast University Lahore wins Best Director, Best Production, Best Male Actor, Best Technicals, Best Female Actor. - April 2011

The Shehzad Ghias directed ' Barri' at  Fast University Lahore wins Best Director. - April 2012

 Award for the performance of Raqs E Bismil at The Rafi Peer Performing Arts Festival 2009.

Award for the performance of Raqs E Bismil at The Rafi Peer Performing Arts Festival 2009.

 Review of the Second Act in The Daily Times. - June 2011

Review of the Second Act in The Daily Times. - June 2011

"Cogito's founding president Shaikh said that improvisation is an essential tool in an actor's arsenal."

Review of the Third Act in Daily Times

Review of the Final Act in the Daily Times.

Winner of 'Chu Lo Aasman', Pakistan's first acting reality talent hunt competition.

 Review of the Final Act by Blah Magazine, Summer 2011.

Review of the Final Act by Blah Magazine, Summer 2011.

"Suddenly Shehzad Shaikh, standing in the middle of the stage with a fake pregnant tummy protruding all the way and a duppatta over his hand; turned to beam at the audience."

 Cogito featured in an article on theatre in Pakistan, Newsline Magazine - January 2012.

Cogito featured in an article on theatre in Pakistan, Newsline Magazine - January 2012.

" “We like to push the boundaries,” says Shehzad."

 Cogito featured in US Magazine, Summer 2011.

Cogito featured in US Magazine, Summer 2011.

"Shaikh tried to whisper soul into original theatre by gathering talented actors and writers on one platform. They capture diverse elements into the folds of their acting, generating motley of reaction from the public. They can dumbstruck you by their intense acting or make you fall off yours seats, laughing! "

Morning Pakistan's coverage of the third Cogito Youth Performing Arts Festival.

Dawn's coverage of the first Cogito Youth Performing Arts Festival.