Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili

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Omid Djalili is Britain's funniest Iranian stand-up comedian and actor.

After great success at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995, Omid has become a festival fringe favourite with a string of sell-out shows. It started in 1995 with 'Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son', then in 1996 in 'Arab & The Jew' on to 1997 with 'Omid Djalili Is Ethnic'. In 2000 he went back to Edinburgh and had another hit show, ‘Warm to my Winning Smile' and in 2002, 'Behind Enemy Lines'.

Both 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 36 date tour, including 2 shows at the London Palladium in 2006. He is definitely 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 for the King of Qatar.

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 of ‘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.

Comedy 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 Channel 4 documentary ‘Bloody Foreigners'
European TV Award Nominee ~ For his Channel 4 documentary ‘Bloody Foreigners'
Royal Television Society Award Nominee
Spirit of the Fringe Award ~ Edinburgh Festival

Omid Djalili in Films

  • Over The Hedge
  • Alien Autopsy
  • Casanova
  • Deadlines
  • 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

Omid Djalili in TELEVISION

  • 'Lead Balloon' with Jack Dee
  • ‘Annually Retentive' with Rob Brydon
  • 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

Omid Djalili on Radio

  • Being Mussolini ~ Radio 4
  • 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


Please note when booking a Comedian through Classique...

Audience: At least 90% of the audience to be seated

Stage: A raised area is required. The performance will not take place 'in the round'

Other: Please note Comedians only very rarely, if ever, perform at weddings (sorry), their main performances are TV, on tour and at corporate events after dinner.

Virtual: Some comedians are now able to offer either a live or pre-recorded set for clients.

Omid Djalili is simply magnificent' - Daily Mail

‘Hilarious and painfully funny, Omid Djalili is unmissable' - 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

‘Cult favourite' - The Times

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