Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain

Date: Friday Apr 21, 2017
Time: 07:45 PM
Venue: Comedy Box at the Hen & Chicken
Price: £12
Tez Ilyas

Rising star Tez Ilyas heads out on his debut nationwide tour this spring. Tez’s second show Made in Britain sold out every performance at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and garnered some warm reviews (see below).
Premise: “Tez reveals that he is openly… Asian. British Asian as well, which means that because he’s Asian he loves a chicken tikka masala, whereas, because he’s British he… well, he loves a chicken tikka masala.
Tez has started to think on his British-ness, especially because over the last year he’s felt judged as both
a Muslim and an Asian. Tez feels stuck between a rock (the traditional cultural values of his family) and a hard place (the liberal champagne socialists he now hangs out with), when truth be told he doesn’t fit in
with either.

“In addition to issues of identity, he’s a cheeky, arrogant narcissist with deep-seated
insecurities… yay comedy! He wonders why this is. Particularly as last year Tez experienced something
that changed everything for him…”

“A vital discussion of some of the most difficult issues facing this country” – Daily Telegraph
“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

Read our interview with Tez here.

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By steve wright, Friday Mar 17, 2017

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