Blackburn born comedian, Tez Ilyas, will bring his Testify tour home to King George’s Hall in April.
Armed with his trademark cheek and uncompromising approach, Tez presents his slick, smart and typically subversive new stand-up show.
His steady rise through the comedy ranks has seen him appear on BBC2’s Mock The Week, Live at the BBC, Channel 4’s The Last Leg, and heard with his BBC Radio Four show, Tez Talks. As well as filming the new BBC Three sitcom, Man Like Mobeen.
The Teztify tour has been described as “a spectacularly powerful, provocative and brilliantly funny hour of topical stand-up from a comic whose name is hot on everyone’s lips.”
Citing the dry humour of the people of Blackburn and his father as inspirations for his comedy, Tez began his career in 2010 and hit the ground running finding himself in no less than eight new act competition finals, including the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award
His promoters explain: “Having spent a lot of the last year dealing with the ignorance of the aftermath of major terrorist attacks and the resurgence of the far right, Tez Ilyas is ‘teztifying’ against all the assumptions the world has of him.
“Muslim, a Northerner, a working-class man of faith – all labels he owns, but what does he really think of them? No matter the answer, you know he’ll do it with his trademark cheek and satirical wit.”
Speaking about his live show, Tez said: “Teztify is my most ambitious and riskiest show to date; it’s a show for our fractured time and I’m not reluctant to plant my funny flag on the side I think is right (or left).
“I can’t wait to entertain Tezbians and anger Tezophobes across Britain this Spring.”
“Tez Ilyas’ political stand-up is candy floss with a razorblade inside: sweet and familiar at first, then shockingly, painfully sharp. It takes serious talent to pull off” – The Telegraph
“A mischievous show with serious intent – Ilyas has the slickness of U.S. comics, and the gags to back it up” – The Guardian
“Thoughtful but radiantly entertaining” – The Times
“Articulate, passionate, thoughtful – he is equally light entertainer and heavyweight pontificator” – London Evening Standard
VENUE: King George’s Hall, Northgate, Blackburn. BB2 1AA
DATE: Friday 20th April 2018
TICKET PRICE: Advance: £12 Concession: £10
Tickets are available
By Phone: 0844 847 1664
In Person: King George’s Hall Box Office, Northgate, Blackburn.