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Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili is an award-winning British-Iranian actor/comedian. Not only acclaimed as one of Britain’s funniest stand up comedians, he has also featured in films including ‘The Mummy’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Spy Game’, ‘Modigliani’, ‘Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow’, ‘Casanova’, and will soon be seen in ‘The Allottment’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean III’. On TV he did two seasons of ‘Small Potatoes’ on Channel 4. In the States he signed a talent holding deal with NBC in 2002 and co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in her sitcom  ‘Whoopi’ which ran from 2003-04. Most recently Omid has been commissioned to do his own series for BBC1, ‘The Omid Djalili Show’.

After great success at the Edinburgh Festivals of 1993 and 1994 with a one-man theatre piece, Omid became a festival favourite with a string of sell-out comedy shows. It started in 1995 with ‘Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner’s Son’, then in 1996 in ‘Arab & The Jew’. In 1997 it was ‘Omid Djalili Is Ethnic’, his least favourite year spawing the legendary lines from his manager Nigel “There’s no business like no business”.

In 1999 he went back to Edinburgh and had another hit show,  ”The Iranian Ceilidh” with Kamal Mazlumi. ‘Warm to my Winning Smile’ then followed in 2000, and in 2002  ‘Behind Enemy Lines’. All three of these shows became Edinburgh’s hottest ticket. ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ received an astonishing six 5-star reviews. In 2005 Omid returned to the festival with his most successful show to date, ‘No Agenda’, with record breaking sales on the fringe totalling 16,500; this show then transferred to a total sell-out nationwide 40 date tour, including 2 shows at the London Palladium in 2006. He is one of the funniest, freshest and most original comedians in Britain today.

His international appeal is vast, having performed in recent years in Australia, Austria, the USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Slovakia and most recently he performed in Qatar for the Emir where he shared a stage with Bill Clinton.

2006 saw Omid playing major parts in ‘Alien Autopsy’ with Ant & Dec and in ‘Over The Hedge’ alongside Bruce Willis, William Shatner and Wonder Sykes playing ‘Tiger’, and last year Omid was in a film for the BBC, ‘My Family & Other Animals’, starring alongside Imelda Staunton.

In 2005 he was invited to perform at the televised Tsunami Benefit alongside comedy luminaries Jonathan Ross, Lee Evans, Johnny Vegas, Dawn French and Alistair McGowan to name but a few. He also performed a half hour special on ‘Jack Dee Live At The Apollo’ for BBC One at the end of 2004, which was repeated in 2005. In June 2004 he recorded an HBO special in New York, the first British comic to do one since Eddie Izzard.

QUOTES

Omid Djalili is simply magnificent’ – DAILY MAIL

Hilarious and painfully funny, Omid Djalili is unmissable’ – THE INDEPENDENT

‘His explosive and wide-eyed humour comes bursting out of nowhere, sending the audience into fits’ – THE SCOTSMAN

By far the most entertaining comedy night’ – THE TIMES

His jokes are remarkable’ – THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Djalili blows you away with a blizzard of gags’ – THE OBSERVER

Demonstrates a confiding intelligence, a rare and warm sense of self-mockery and the distinctive outsider’s view of our culture. One felt very happy to be in his engaging, off-beat presence.’ – DAILY MAIL

Burly but surprisingly athletic’ – THE SCOTSMAN

His Show’s about cultural bridges. Omid builds ‘em up, knocks ‘em down and we fall about’ – THE HERALD

Multi-ethnic confusion’ – THE INDEPENDENT

Cult favourite’ – THE TIMES

AWARDS

Perrier Award Nominee ~ Best Comedian
South Bank Award Nominee ~ Best Comedy of the Year
Gemini Award Nominee (Canada) ~ Best Comedy Performance
Emma Award ~ Best Stand Up Comedian
Time Out Award ~ Best Stand Up Comedian
LWT Comedy Award ~ Best Stand Up
One World Media Award ~ For his Ch 4 documentary ‘Bloody Foreigners’
European TV Award Nominee ~ For his Ch4 documentary ‘Bloody Foreigners’
Royal Television Society Award Nominee

FILMS

Over The Hedge – May 2006 Release
Alien Autopsy – April 2006 Release
Casanova – February 2006 Release
Deadlines – February 2006 Release

Modigliani
Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow
Calcium Kid
Cross My Heart
Anita & Me
Spy Game
Mean Machine
Gladiator
The Mummy
Notting Hill
James Bond – The World Is Not Enough
Mad Cows

TELEVISION
Little Britain ~ BBC
My Family and Other Animals ~ BBC
Chopratown ~ BBC
Frank Skinner Show ~ ITV
London Today ~ ITV
Breakfast News ~ BBC
Top Gear ~ BBC
HBO Comedy Special ~ HBO (America)
Jack Dee, Live at the Apollo ~ BBC One
One Night Stand ~ US TV
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross ~ BBC One
Comic Relief (Celebrity University Challenge) ~ BBC Two
Comic Aid ~ BBC One
Room 101 ~ BBC Two
Late Night with Conan O’Brien ~ NBC (USA)
Whoopi ~ NBC (USA)
Have I Got News For You ~ BBC Two
Jason & The Argonauts ~ Channel Four
Bloody Foreigners ~ Channel Four
They Think It’s All Over ~ BBC One
The Royal Variety Performance ~ BBC
Lenny Henry In Pieces ~ BBC One
Small Potatoes 2 ~ Channel Four

Small Potatoes ~ Channel Four
Coming Soon ~ Channel Four
Heaven and Earth ~ ITV
Edinburgh Nights ~ BBC 2
Black Books ~ BBC 1 & 2
Merry-Go-Round ~ Channel Four
Barking ~ Channel Four
The Comedy Store ~ Channel Five
The Stand Up Show ~ BBC One
Live at Jongleurs ~ Cable
Edinburgh Nights ~ BBC Two

RADIO

Being Mussolini ~ Radio 4 (6pm, 14th Jan, 2006)
Jonathan Ross Show ~ Radio 2
Steve Wright in the Afternoon ~ Radio 2
Five Live ~ Radio 5
Loose Ends ~ Radio 4
Festival News ~ Forth FM
Christian O’Connell Show ~ XFM

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