JAN Trust is delighted to announce that Tez Ilyas has become our newest Ambassador.
Tez is a celebrated stand-up comedian from Blackburn, England. With both humour and serious undertones, Ilyas is celebrated for his material exploring what life is like for British Muslims today. Ilyas entered the world of comedy in 2015 and in this short time has risen to fame, performing at BBC Asian Network’s special comedy night, The Comedy Store’s Eid Special Comedy Night, and in a short film he made for the BBC’s British Muslim Comedy series. He has just finished performing for the third time at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in his show ‘Teztify’ which explores the experience of Muslims feeling on trial by society, and the need to shirk the many assumptions people make about his faith.
His act is unique as he incorporates comedy with his experience as a British Muslim in order to bring to light issues surrounding increasing Islamophobia in British society, whilst also making his audience laugh.
For a sample of his comedy, watch this:
In an interview, Tez stated that ‘if you have a profile, you should use it for good’. JAN Trust is proud to have someone whose comedy career we have followed as an Ambassador, and who aims to bring attention to the important topics that our charity also tackles, such as Islamophobia, racism, hate crime and extremism. We are looking forward to working together to continue our vital work to empower BAMER women across the country!