Blackburn-born comedian Tez Ilyas took part in a Q&A with Head of Social Sciences at QEGS, Miss Walmsley, aiming to inspire Sixth Form students in their future careers.

The comedian, who started his career in the Civil Service after graduating from Lancaster University, currently presents the ‘Tez O’Clock Show’ on Channel 4 and was recognised in 2017 on the BBC’s New Talent Hot List and named on Chortle’s Best Breakthrough nominee list.

Miss Walmsley took the opportunity to interview Tez on a range of topics including his education, career change from Home Office to stand-up circuit and how he uses his platform to bring awareness to political and cultural issues that he has experienced first-hand. Tez spoke eloquently about how he built a resilient outlook during his childhood and teenage years in Blackburn, which has later served him to persevere in his comedy career.

Tez also reflected on his rise to success and revealed how he would work an intense, full-time Civil Service job during the day and then spend the evenings taking part in comedy gigs across London. He also announced that he has spent lockdown and the summer writing his first book, which is available to pre-order here

On behalf of everyone at QEGS, thank you to Tez for making time to inspire our students and we look forward to welcoming him back soon!