Tez Ilyas Q&A

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

The same could be said of this interview. Because I’m an attention seeker who just wants to be appreciated.

What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?

Quite a few I think… my family and childhood; last year which was in many ways transformational for me; and current affairs, particularly this whole post-Brexit/post-racial Britain we live in now.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

My personal stand-out moment was watching Sammy J and Randy in 2011, how that was not nominated for the main award I do not know! It was hilarious!

When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?

OMA… I think it was dying on my arse in front of some industry people when I was in a showcase a couple of years ago. Nothing like those moments to toughen you up for the road ahead…

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

There’s just so many: Bec Hill, Nish Kumar, Dane Baptiste, Gavin Webster, Kate Lucas, Nabil Abdulrashid, Paul Smith, Angel Comedy crew, Felicity Ward and Pete Johansson.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Kate Lucas: Whatever Happened to Kate Lucas? ii. Johnny Cochrane: Appeal
iii. Sophie Willan: On Record

The one person you’d love to see your show and why?

Without being too overdramatic, I’d love the new PM Theresa May to watch it. So she realizes the impact that current world events are having on people in her country and that not everyone is the same and that is something to be celebrated not feared.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

This show is about the personal experiences of someone a lot of audiences will not have come across every day and so will give a chance for my Tezbians to get to know who I am, my background, what makes me tick and there’s also one or two pretty big revelations that should hopefully leave people open-mouthed.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Eat at the Mosque Kitchen.

Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting? 

I don’t know what this is. Your mum?

Tez Ilyas’s new stand up show ‘Made In Britain’ will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Bunker Two at 530pm 



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