Anyone who grew up or has spent time in the United Kingdom will know all about Omid Djalili, he is all over the television in England and has been for years on comedy panels shows, presenting awards ceremonies and starring in low budget comedy launch series. If you do not know who he is, think Alexei Sayle with a tan and you will not be too far off.
Although his name seems to be foreign, Omid Djalili is as British as fish and chips, but thankfully much less boring. In his stand up shows and one man performances, he does make a point of raising his Iranian heritage for comedic purposes but this is never racist or spiteful, rather an affectionate sideswipe at the curiosities of foreign cultures. If you buy Omid Djalili tickets from StubHub, an evening of quick witted entertainment awaits with a certain amount of audience participation and performance ad libbing from whatever pointers the audience throws at him.
The benign esquire Omid Djalili
Because every show that he does is different (the script only acts as a guide, he has been known to rip it up, throw it on the floor and carry on regardless) it is hard to characterise Djalili's comedy style. He is certainly erudite and flexible, but that doesn't mean there aren't some foul mouthed tirades coming your way too. One thing that is clear when you have Omid Djalili tickets is that nobody knows what will happen, least of the man on stage. For this reason his gags can be a bit hit and miss but, with so many coming during his set, he is probably allowed to get away with a few dud punchlines. Fans of the BBC comedy channel will recognise Omid immediately but might not realise that he makes his crust from the circuit and if he is going to fly half way round the world to entertain us, it would be rude not to applaud his integration into Australian society.
Notable performances and awards
In some of his stand up routines, Omid is refreshingly frank about his plaudits. For example, he has won an award from Time Out (a low-quality free publication that will print any old rubbish if you pay them enough) but he makes it quite clear that he considers this gong something of an embarrassment. However he has also won the prestigious Spirit of the Fringe award at Edinburgh festival, so he must be pretty good. Although, much in the same way a Michelin Starred restaurant doesn't publicise it, Omid would prefer to poke fun at himself for the dodgy ones.