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 onto the prestigious Pleasance Theatre showcase, The Comedy Reserve, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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.
Tez followed this up with his sophomore show, Made in Britain. A critical and commercial success, he totally sold-out the Edinburgh Fringe run, including extra dates, and received rave reviews.
Tez has appeared on Live From the BBC (BBC Two), Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three), Virtually Famous (E4), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), @elevenish (ITV2) and The Funny Thing About… (Channel 5) as well as writing and starring in his own scripted comedy shorts for BBC Three, BBC iPlayer and Sky Arts.
The One Show | BBC One
Live From the BBC | BBC Two
Man Like Mobeen | Cave Bear Productions | BBC Three
@elevenish | Talkback | ITV2
Virtually Famous | Talkback | E4
The Funny Thing About... | Channel 5
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
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
"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"
- The Guardian