"Thank you Channel 4 for this massive opportunity"
Blackburn comedian Tez Ilyas will host a late-night satirical show on Channel 4 called The Tez O’Clock Show.
It has been described as “a topical mix of sketches and studio antics, including provocative monologues and celebrity interviews”.
The studio show will contain parodies, sketches and news bulletins from the Pakistani Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), starring Guz Khan and comedian Sindhu Vee.
The show will see Tez take part in a briefing room and talk about the hot topics of the day.
He will be briefed by comics and Uncivil Servants, Sophie Willan and Adam Rowe, who will each try and sway him to their way of thinking.
Tez will then be joined by his co-anchor Sindhu Vee in the onset shisha café where they will be joined by opinionated, big-name guests.
The Tez O’Clock Show will be in front of a live studio audience at Manchester’s MediaCityUK. The comedian said:
“OMA! This is proper surreal man. Thank you Channel 4 for this massive opportunity to follow in the footsteps of giants. Mama! We did it Mama!
“I can’t wait for everyone to see it. I hope y’all are ready for my silly, smart and subversive take on the world.
“Seriously though… you don’t understand! This is the show I’ve always dreamed of doing (after Blue Peter obvs).”
Creative Director of Comedy and Entertainment at Expectation Ben Wicks said:
“Tez Ilyas is an extremely smart, wonderfully playful satirical comic and we should all be hugely grateful C4 have him in a series.”
“Had they not he might have returned to his old job at the Home Office where – given the strength of his jokes – he’d have done untold damage.
“He is flanked by the ludicrously talented Guz Khan, Sindhu Vee, Sophie Willan and Adam Rowe.”
“They are collectively wrestling satire from rich white people in a show that oscillates from sharp to silly in a fast-paced comedic blitz.”
Karen Murdoch, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Channel 4 said:
“Tez Ilyas is an incredibly exciting talent and we are thrilled to have him on Channel 4.
“With all the political shenanigans going on in the UK and the world in general, it feels particularly timely to be launching a brand new satire show, hosted by such a smart and fresh new voice.”
The three-part series will air at 11 pm every Thursday from July 25, 2019.