A rollicking good night

Omid Djalili brings his comedy show to the Royal Hippodrome on May 6
Omid Djalili brings his comedy show to the Royal Hippodrome on May 6

He calls it “a rollicking good night out” and award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili won’t fail to deliver when he brings his tour to Eastbourne on May 6.

As a stand-up and acclaimed actor, Omid’s credits range from Hollywood movies and television to live productions on the West End stage. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating masterclass.

The first significant success of his career was at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1995 with Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner’s Son, followed by The Arab And The Jew with Jewish comedian Ivor Dembina.

He has performed in numerous countries including the US, where he had his own HBO Special and did 22 episodes of NBC sitcom Whoopi with Whoopi Goldberg.

Earning praise across the world for his performances, Omid has appeared on UK and US TV, and starred in films such as Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mr Nice, Gladiator, The Mummy and The Infidel. In 2015 he was executive producer of the acclaimed documentary We Are Many, about the global anti-war demonstrations that took place in 800 cities on February 15 2003, the largest ever mobilisation of protesters.

He shows no fear in his act and willingly tackles issues such as terror attacks head on.

Omid said: “If a comedian is successful in lampooning so called human beings known as “terrorists” we take a collective step closer to removing the fear in society that they seek to create.”

TV audiences most recently have seen him in Dickensian which was an imaginative take on interwoven stories with all sorts of familiar names cropping up, and Omid commented: “It’s all of Dickens’ characters in one original series. I’m a fan of the mega-mix so I like the concept. I’m looking forward to the next one where they mash up the films of Woody Allen. It would be great to see Martin Landau’s character in ‘Crimes and Misdemeanours’ have an inappropriate liaison with the police horse that made a fleeting appearance in Annie Hall.”

In it he played Mr Venus, a taxidermist who makes a fleeting appearance in ‘Our Mutual Friend”, Dickens’ last novel: “I got to wear a hat. I love hats. It’s an underrated fashion accessory. Mine gave me an added ‘Pimp of Bethlehem’ dimension which was unexpected.” He has also appeared in Sky 1’s series Stan Lee’s Lucky Man starring James Nesbitt which has just been given a second series.

Of his film work he said: “I don’t have a favourite. The thing about movies is that they are filmed and captured in that state forever. The reason I love stand up is because there is always the opportunity to improve it and make it better.” To book call 01323 802020