Desi Central Comedy Show – Leeds
Sunday 26th November 2017
Doors: 18:00 – Show: 18:45
Acts: Patrick Monahan, Jay Sodagar, Eshaan Akbar, Tez Ilyas
All Tickets: £15adv from Lunatickets
After previous sell out shows around the UK Desi Central returns to The Wardrobe in Leeds with an amazing line-up and a night of nothing but laughter.
Desi Central audience favourite and regular host Patrick Monahan brings high energy comedy style with hilarious and engaging topical and observational material.
Since starting comedy in March 2014, Eshaan Akbar has established himself as an act with exciting potential.
A winner of the Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year 2016, Eshaan has been in the finals of other prestigious competitions, including So You Think You’re Funny 2014 and Laughing Horse 2014. He performs across the UK and has performed in Germany and Bangladesh. In 2016, he supported Dane Baptiste on his UK tour and did warm up work for “Micky Flanagan and Friends”. His professional career has taken him from private banking through to corporate communications via a career in local government public policy. He has previously written for The Guardian, The Times online, The Observer New Review and The Huffington Post UK. He is a member of the UK Speechwriters Guild and Fellow of the RSA. Born and raised in East London, he is a Manchester United fan (obviously) and has torn cricketing allegiances – he fails the Tebbit test every time. He has previously dabbled in Bollywood and salsa dance choreography. Already a well known name on the urban circuit, in 2015 he made his transition to the mainstream and now regularly performs at the country’s leading venues. In 2016 he supported Dane Baptiste on his nationwide tour and was selected to take part in the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Jay terms his comedy as Social Conscience Comedy, this genre underlines observational, political and straight stand-up, and he likes to make people think about his material after they’ve laughed. He was heavily involved with Comedy Improvisation, as part of the first all Asian Impro Team, which now tours Canada and the US. Writing is a passion of Jay’s and he has written a material including sketch shows for TV and a feature length film script. He also made a short film and entered it into a major short film competition, and made it through to the final. In the little spare time he has, Jay teaches stand-up comedy, he has appeared everywhere from tiny comedy clubs to large theatres to Television and even around the world (France, Croatia, New York, LA).
‘What night would not be complete without the razor sharp acerbic wit of Jay Sodagar’ – BBC
Tez Ilyas started performing comedy in 2010 – hitting the ground running he found himself in no less than eight competition finals, including the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award and Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year. In 2013 he was selected onto the prestigious Pleasance Theatre showcase, The Comedy Reserve, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He achieved phenomenal success with his debut stand up show TEZ Talks, which was met with packed out audiences and huge critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A totally sold-out run at the Soho Theatre followed, with additional dates at the prestigious Southbank Centre. Such was the success of TEZ Talks, it was adapted into a series for BBC Radio 4. Tez followed this up with his sophomore show, Made in Britain. A critical and commercial success, he totally sold-out the Edinburgh Fringe run, including extra dates, and received rave reviews.Tez has appeared on Mock the Week (BBC Two), The Last Leg (Channel 4), Live From the BBC (BBC Two), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three), Virtually Famous (E4), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), @elevenish (ITV2), The Chris Ramsey Show (Comedy Central) and The Funny Thing About… (Channel 5). As well as writing and starring in his own scripted comedy shorts for BBC Three, BBC iPlayer and Sky Arts.