As a Muslim comedian, everyone expects Tez Ilyas to become the political voice of his community, an honorary member of the ‘Muslim avengers’ as he puts it. But no one knows much about him. This Fringe, his show Made In Britain is here to change that.
Ilyas dives straight into his culture, family and heritage, uniquely blending clever humour with serious circumstance. No subject is off-limits, the comedian doesn’t shy away from tough or uncomfortable topics but instead brings a light-hearted, comical approach to the dark atmosphere that has fallen upon culture and race in society.
Tez Ilyas’s show is intelligent and truly hilarious, his humour giving the audience just enough time to revel in his punchlines. If you’re not a ‘Tez-bian’ yet, prepare to be successfully converted.
Words: Nastassia Sutherland
Tez Ilyas: Made In Britain, Pleasance Courtyard, 5-28 Aug (not 15), 5.30pm