“Blackburn-born Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up, though his most prized asset could yet be his bold, subversive streak”
Tez Ilyas started performing comedy in 2010 – hitting the ground running, he found himself in no less than eight competition finals, including the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award and Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year. In 2013 he was selected for the prestigious Pleasance Theatre showcase, The Comedy Reserve, for that year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2015, he achieved phenomenal success with his debut stand-up show TEZ Talks, which was met with packed out audiences and huge critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A totally sold-out run at the Soho Theatre followed, with additional dates at the prestigious Southbank Centre. Such was the success of TEZ Talks, it was adapted into a series for BBC Radio 4, with a second series coming out in 2018.
Tez followed this up with his sophomore show, Made in Britain. A critical and commercial success, he totally sold-out his Edinburgh Fringe run, including extra dates, receiving rave reviews, subsequently taking the show on the road for his debut national tour.
Fresh from a Chortle Breakthrough Act of the Year nomination, he has just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his third hit solo show, Teztify, which he will take on the road in 2018 for his second national tour… Watch this space.
Tez has appeared on Mock the Week (BBC Two), The Last Leg (Channel 4), Live From the BBC (BBC Two), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three), Virtually Famous (E4), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), @elevenish (ITV2), The Chris Ramsey Show (Comedy Central) and The Funny Thing About… (Channel 5).
He has also written and starred in his own scripted comedy shorts for BBC Three (The Go Home Office), BBC iPlayer (The Fast and the Fool) and Sky Arts (Tez Ilyas’ Christmas).
Mock The Week | BBC Two
The Last Leg | Channel 4
Live From the BBC | BBC Two
Stand Up Central | Comedy Central
The One Show | BBC One
Man Like Mobeen | Cave Bear Productions | BBC Three
Safeword | STV Productions | ITV2
@elevenish | Talkback | ITV2
Virtually Famous | Talkback | E4
The Funny Thing About… | Channel 5
The Chris Ramsey Show | Comedy Central
The Fast & The Fool | Babycow Productions | BBC iPlayer
Go Home Office | Rumpus Media | BBC Three
Tez Ilyas’ Christmas | Babycow Productions | Sky Arts
TEZ Talks | BBC Radio 4
The Now Show | BBC Radio 4
Best of the Fest | BBC Radio 4
Big Comedy Night | BBC Asian Network
NOMINEE Chortle Breakthrough Act of the Year 2017
FINALIST Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2013
FINALIST Up the Creek’s One to Watch 2012
FINALIST Jongleurs Comic Idol 2012
FINALIST BBC New Comedy Award 2011
FINALIST Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2010
Walthamstow Town Square Gardens, Walthamstow
Tez is exclusively represented by:
David Geli | Geli@utcartistmanagement.co.uk
Pollyanna McGirr | Polly@utcartistmanagement.co.uk