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Omid Djalili

Britain's Funniest British-Iranian Stand-Up Comedian and Actor

Omid Djalili is a highly talented comedian and actor, an Edinburgh Festival Fringe favorite who has enjoyed a string of sell-out shows. He has also featured in films including The Mummy, Gladiator, Spy Game, Modigliani, Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow, Casanova, and is seen in The Allottment and Pirates of the Caribbean III. In 2007 The Omid Djalili Show started on BBC1 and he guest-presented the BBC's Have I Got News for You. In 2009 he is taking over from Rowan Atkinson as Fagin in the London West End Production of Oliver.

'Hilarious and painfully funny, Omid Djalili is unmissable' The Independent

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In detail

It started in 1995 with Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son, in 1996 in Arab & The Jew on to 1997 with Omid Djalili Is Ethnic. His next show Omid Djalili was so successful he signed a major video deal with VVL. In 2000 he had another hit show Warm to my Winning Smile and in 2002 with Behind Enemy Lines both of these shows became Edinburgh's hottest ticket, receiving an astonishing six 5 star show for the later (written post September 11th). 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.

What he offers you

Voted in 2007 by the British public in the Channel 4 programmes The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups, Omid is one of the funniest, freshest and most original comedians in Britain. His international appeal is vast, having performed in recent years in Australia, Austria, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia and most recently he performed in Qatar for the Emir where he shared a stage with Bill Clinton.

How he presents

Whether in his thick, Middle Eastern accent or his Kensington drawl, Omid's unique presentations are furious paced and filled with highly original comedy and belly dancing!

Languages

He presents in English.

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Topics

  • Comedy
  • Host
  • Awards
  • After Dinner
  • Entertainment

Credentials

  • Perrier Award Nominee - Best Comedian
  • South Bank Award Nominee - Best Comedy of the Year 2003
  • Gemini Award Nominee (Canada) - Best Comedy Performance 2003
  • 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

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