Tez Ilyas.

Tez Ilyas

Tez Ilyas is an English actor, writer, and stand-up comedian of Pakistani descent. He has performed a number of critically acclaimed stand-up shows and written his own scripted shorts for BBC Three, BBC iPlayer and Sky Arts. He appears regularly on satirical comedy programmes.

Biography

Tez Ilyas is an English comedian of Pakistani descent, born and raised in Blackburn.

Ilyas came to comedy almost by accident, completing a week-long open mic workshop and turning professional in 2010. In his first three years as a stand-up, he reached eight competition finals. In June 2015 he made a short film The Fast And The Fool as part of the British Muslim Comedy series, and also performed at BBC Asian Network's special comedy night in Birmingham.

In that same year his debut stand-up hour Tez Talks, a comedic take on the popular conference lecture series TED Talks, sold out at the Soho Theatre and he was awarded his own BBC Radio 4 series Tez Talks, with a second series in 2018 and a third already commissioned. The show draws inspiration from Ilyas's life as a British Muslim, staged as though the audience were potential new recruits to conversion to Islam. This allows him to reflect critically and amusingly on the role and influence of 'British values' in contemporary society, unpicking Islamophobia, bigotry, ignorance, and misunderstanding.

In 2016, Ilyas's highly anticipated stand-up show Made In Britain was a sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe, leading to a nationwide tour in 2017, and his third show, Teztify, showcased his provocative, engaging comedy further, probing questions of national identity, race, and empathy in modern British culture.

In 2019 Ilyas debuted his own late-night, fast-paced satirical sketch show on Channel 4, entitled The Tez O'Clock Show. Here he invites a range of high-profile comedians to offer updates and reflections on political events, all with a sharp comedic edge.

Gender
Male
Nationality
England
Born
Friday 8th April 1983 (36 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2020 Man Like Mobeen - Series 3 Announced Eight
2020 Tez Ilyas: Populist Coming Soon Self
2019 The Rob Rinder Verdict
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2019 The Tez O'Clock Show Host / Presenter
2019 The Tez O'Clock Show Writer
2019 The Tez O'Clock Show Associate Producer
2019 Comedy Central Live
  1. E7 - Tez Ilyas
Writer
2019 Utterly Outrageous Comedy
  1. E3 - Religion & Death
  2. E2 - Celebrity & Politics
Self
2019 CelebAbility - Series 3
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2019 Comedy Central Live Self
2019 Man Like Mobeen - Series 2 Eight
2018 The Rob Rinder Verdict
  1. Rob Rinder's Good Year, Bad Year
Self
2018 Bounty Terry
2018 Bounty Associate Producer
2018 TEZ Talks - Series 3 Host / Presenter
2018 TEZ Talks - Series 3 Writer
2018 Live At The Apollo - Series 14
  1. E1 - Ellie Taylor, Fin Taylor, Tez Ilyas
Guest
2018 Comedy Central Live Self
2018 The Big Asian Stand-Up
  1. E1 - Episode One
Self
2018 Comedy Central At The Comedy Store - Series 5
  1. E12 - Jayde Adams At The Comedy Store
  2. E3 - Tom Allen At The Comedy Store
Guest
2018 Newsjack Unplugged - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2018 Mock The Week - Series 17
  1. Special - Christmas Special
  2. Special - Highlights Special
  3. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2018 Tez Ilyas: Teztify Self
2018 The Dog Ate My Homework - Series 5
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
Guest
2018 TEZ Talks - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2018 TEZ Talks - Series 2 Writer
2018 Roast Battle - Series 1
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Self
2018 Sam Delaney's News Thing
  1. E1 - War On Plastic
Guest
2017 Man Like Mobeen - Series 1 Eight
2017 The Now Show - Series 51 Self
2017 The Now Show - Series 51 Writer
2017 Stand Up Central - Series 3
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2017 Comedians Solve World Problems Self
2017 Tez Ilyas: Teztify Self
2017 The Last Leg - Series 11
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2017 The Last Leg: Correspondents Host / Presenter
2017 Mock The Week - Series 16
  1. Special - Christmas Special
  2. Special - Highlights Special
  3. Special - Election Special
Guest
2017 Unspun With Matt Forde - Series 2
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Self
2017 Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain Self
2017 Dave Green's Street View Show
  1. E15 - Tez Ilyas
Guest
2017 Rashid Goes To Hollywood Rashid
2017 The Chris Ramsey Show - Series 1
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2017 Sam Delaney's News Thing
  1. E18 - Let's Ave It!
Guest
2016 The Now Show - Series 49 Self
2016 The Now Show - Series 49 Writer
2016 Man Like Mobeen - Pilot
  1. Pilot
Wax
2016 TEZ Talks - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2016 TEZ Talks - Series 1 Writer
2016 Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain Self
2016 The Go Home Office Immigration Officer
2016 The Go Home Office Writer
2016 The Go Home Office Creator
2016 The Funny Thing About...
  1. E6 - Growing Up
  2. E4 - Christmas
  3. E1 - Kids
Guest
2016 Safeword - Series 2
  1. E1 - Episode One
Self
2016 Breaking The News - Series 3
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2016 @elevenish
  1. Special - The Bestish Bits
  2. E8 - Episode Eight
  3. E2 - Episode Two
Ensemble Actor
2016 @elevenish
  1. Special - The Bestish Bits
  2. E8 - Episode Eight
  3. E2 - Episode Two
Writer
2016 Virtually Famous - Series 3
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
Guest
2016 Live From The BBC - Series 1
  1. E2 - Alex Edelman & Tez Ilyas
Self
2015 Tez Ilyas's Christmas Actor
2015 Tez Ilyas's Christmas Writer
2015 Fresh From The Fringe - 2015
  1. E1 - Fresh From The Fringe: 2015
Guest
2015 Tez Ilyas: TEZ Talks Self
2015 The Now Show - Series 45 Self
2015 The Now Show - Series 45 Writer
2014 Asian Network Comedy
  1. E6 - Live in Watford 2017
  2. E3 - Big Comedy Night Edinburgh 2015
  3. E1 - Live in London 2014
Self
2014 Street Laughter II Turbo Self
2013 The Comedy Reserve Self
2011 Gags, Songs and Bombs - Free! Self
2011 BBC New Comedy Award - 2011
  1. Special - Grand Final
  2. E2 - Semi Final 2
Self

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Tez Ilyas on IMDb

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