Tez Ilyas

Tez Ilyas

Tez Ilyas hit the ground running finding himself in no less than eight competition finals including the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award and Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year in his first year as a stand up. In 2015 Ilyas achieved phenomenal success with his debut stand up hour TEZ Talks. A sell out run at the Soho Theatre and his own Radio 4 series based on the show followed, with a second series coming this year.

In 2016, his highly anticipated follow up show Made in Britain went on to sell out every single performance (including extra shows) at the Edinburgh Fringe and gained spectacular critical acclaim, with a smash hit nationwide tour in 2017.

His third show Teztify once again delivered a spectacularly powerful, provocative and brilliantly funny hour of topical stand up, delivering to packed out audiences night after night.

Tez has appeared on The Last Leg (C4), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Live From the BBC (BBC Two), Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three), Kevin Hart’s Live from Montreal (LOL Network), Virtually Famous (E4), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and made a brand new quiz show pilot for Vice. He has also written and starred in his own scripted comedy shorts for BBC Three, BBC iPlayer and Sky Arts.

Shazia Mirza

Shazia Mirza

"JAN Trust is doing an outstanding job supporting and protecting the most vulnerable in society across London and the UK. JAN Trust is not afraid to speak out on a number of subjects, including extremism, hate crime, forced marriages, that others fear to approach, I commend their ability to do so and it is for this reason that I am very proud to be an Ambassador of JAN Trust. 

JAN Trust provides a safe haven for women, who are at the heart of many families and communities. The extensive work JAN Trust does provides women with vital skills that allow them to become part of society, supporting the creation of peaceful and inclusive societies."

Shazia Mirza is an award winning British stand up comedian and writer.

Shazia’s recent TV appearances include The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV), Graham Norton (BBC), Loose Women (ITV), The Late Late Show (RTE), Top Gear (BBC), and is a regular panelist on The Wright Stuff (Channel 5), The Frank Skinner Show (Absolute Radio)  Shazia has also appeared on ‘Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls’on Channel 4.

Her latest stand up show, ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It’ was critically acclaimed all over the UK, US, Sweden, Ireland, and Paris, and completed four sell out runs at London’s Soho Theatre, and 103 tour dates internationally.

Shazia Mirza is provoking laughter and large intakes of breath once again … brave and urgent” THE  TELEGRAPH

As brave a piece of comedy as you’ll see” MAIL ON SUNDAY

She’s effective at getting under your skin… strikes a blow” METRO

“At this moment in time – post-Brexit, post-Nice, post-Orlando – it’s on point chilling and superb” THE SKINNY

Mirza has stepped up a gear… the bravest thing you’ll see on a comedy stage this year… a remarkable finale” SUNDAY TIMES

Bhavna Limbachia

Bhavna Limbachia

On the 21st April, Bhavna Jayanty Limbachia was born in the City of Preston, Lancashire.

Her career has been incredibly versatile. In October 2010 she started her own unique business, designing and selling vintage clothes and accessories. Her media career includes TV Series, such as Doctors, Casualty and more recently for Mount Pleasant by Tiger Aspect Productions. Since 2012 Bhavna has played Alia Khan in BBC One’s Citizen Khan a family-based British sitcom produced by the BBC and created by Adil Ray. It is set in Sparkhill, Birmingham, described by its lead character, Pakistani Muslim Mr. Khan as “the capital of British Pakistan.”

Warnings about how she wouldn’t have a regular income and almost certainly faced spells of unemployment initially made Bhavna choose a different path altogether. “I still loved being creative so I studied fashion design then went on to do a degree in costume design,” said Preston-born Bhavna, who lives with pals in Manchester when filming.

Bhavna landed an agent and has never looked back, with Citizen Khan the show she was best-known for before Corrie came calling. In fact, she revealed she hasn’t had to choose between the two jobs. She has just finished filming the fifth series of the sitcom, fitting in work on that as well as Corrie.

Mawaan Rizwan

Mawaan Rizwan

Mawaan started his career on YouTube, where his comedy videos have been viewed over 19 million times.

He currently stars in the BAFTA-winning BBC3 drama Murdered By My Father and is shooting a six-part ITV drama produced by Mammoth Screen, due to air later this year. Mawaan is also becoming a favourite on the alternative comedy scene, with his unique hybrid of absurd stand-up and captivating physicality. He studied clowning with world renowned teacher, Philippe Gaulier, whose alumni include Sacha Baron Cohen & Helena Bonham Carter. Later this year, Mawaan will be on a UK stand-up tour with Simon Amstell.