BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2011 - Finalist;
Red Hot New Talent Contest 2011 - Finalist (ongoing);
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2011 - Semi-Finalist;
King Gong @ The Comedy Store - WINNER, Jan 2011;
Comedy Virgins - Max Turner Comedy Competition 2011 - Runner-up;
London"s Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2010 - Finalist;
BBC New Comedy Award 2011 Finalist, Tez is a confident, dynamic and engaging young comic. He deconstructs modern society and popular culture with cutting humour and an unapologetic wit, add in his off-beat wry delivery and you"re left with a unique insight into today"s multicultural Britain.
Although originally hailing from God"s country (Lancashire) Tez entered the London comedy circuit in June 2010 and has taken the circuit by storm, always a crowd favourite, Tez receives rave reviews from punters and promoters alike.
His early work gained the attention of the producer of United Colours of Comedy (UCC), a sketch group which aims to highlight the quirks of multicultural London. Tez made his UCC debut in November 2010 and his performance was very well received. This production gained the attention of several TV producers and UCC will be back with more shows later in 2011.
Tez continues to gig across the country, learning from every unique experience and enhancing his comedy credentials. He is one-third of the Chuckle Sandwich comedy collective who will be making their first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011, with their debut show: Gags, Songs & Bombs!
Tez is highly ambitious and implores you to jump on his bandwagon which has its sights set on World domination... Book him now whilst he"s still cheap!
What "They" Say:
"Sharp-suited Tez Ilyas was a real crowd-pleaser... has the natural presence of a much more experienced act... a real prospect" - Steve Bennett (Chortle)
"Tez Ilyas, really very good" - LondonisFunny.com
"Tez is a smart, new, young comic who without doubt has a big future in the world of comedy" - Martin Besserman (Promoter - Monkey Business)
"Handsome and hilarious, see him now before Channel 4 gives him a series!" - Scott Capurro
"Cheeky chappy who can get away with saying things others can"t" - Rob Hitchmough
"I enjoyed that. You"re really funny for a Muslim" - random drunk punter after one of Tez"s gigs
"Isn"t my Uncle funny?" - Tayyeba (Tez"s 7 year-old niece - she has impeccable taste)