Omid Djalili Official Website
He’s back (with a splash) and a four week West End residency at the famous Leicester Square Theatre.
A FIRM FAVOURITE at the Edinburgh Festival with his legendary performances, Omid’s stand-up awards include the Time Out Award for Best Stand Up, the EMMA Award and was a South Bank Award nominee, as well as being a Perrier Award nominee.
Omid was the winner of the Best Actor Award for his lead performance in The Infidel at the Turin Film Festival (won the previous year by Bill Murray). The Infidel also picked up a Loaded LAFTA award for Funniest film and Omid was short listed for Peter Sellers Award at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Right now, the Iranian Djalili is probably one of the most subversive, let alone funniest, comedians around — THE GUARDIAN
To carve yourself out a career as the thinking person's Iranian comedian in this political climate takes a fine brain and a masterful way with the audience. There is no question that Omid Djalili possesses both — SUNDAY TIMES
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 Allotment' 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 spawning 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.
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Omid Djalili is simply magnificent DAILY MAIL Hilarious and painfully funny, Omid Djalili is unmissable THE INDEPENDENT By far the most entertaining comedy night THE TIMES Djalili blows you away with a blizzard of gags THE OBSERVER Cult favourite THE TIMES He's back! One of Britain's best loved comedians, the multi award-winning British-Iranian, Omid Djalili takes on the world in a brand new sensational stand up show. Undertaking a huge sell-out tour across the UK, Live in London captures Omid at his very best, recorded live at the celebrated home of comedy - the Hammersmith Apollo.
Genius! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
After breaking all box office records at the Edinburgh Festival and then going on a forty date sell-out tour across the UK, this is Omid's final show, recorded live at The London Palladium captured in all its glory.
Some of Omid's best mates on his West End show...
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