Tez Ilyas – Made In Britain (Bound And Gagged Comedy in association with UTC Artist Management)
By Nina Keen | Published on Saturday 13 August 2016
“It’s awkward talking about race and identity, but the conversation needs to happen,” says Tez Ilyas, at the beginning of a show that does just that. From growing up, to a myth-debunking bit on arranged marriages, Ilyas takes us through his life and experiences as a Pakistani Muslim from Blackburn. A couple of the jokes felt a bit ‘done’, like the ones about vegans or the retro sexist gag about female Ghostbusters being good at hoovering. Also, after establishing himself as liberal, vague jokes about sexism, and slapping his own hand and saying “cheeky!” afterwards, don’t make those jokes OK. For the most part though, ‘Made In Britain’ is smartly observed and enjoyable.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Nina Keen]