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News: Omid Djalili Stars In New Battersea Arts Centre/BBC Project

Omid Djalili is one of the stars of Battersea Arts Centre's new film, Performance Live: The Way Out, which is released today on BBC iPlayer as part of BBC Arts' Culture in Quarantine season

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News: Omid Djalili to Star In Fiddler On The Roof

Actor/comedian Omid Djalili is to star in a new stage version of Fiddler on the Roof.

The production will be part of the new season of plays at the Chichester Festival under artistic director Daniel Evans, who will direct Djalili and his co-star Tracy Ann-Oberman.

The classic musical about life in a village in Tsarist Russia, by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, will run at the Festival Theatre from July 10 to August 26.

 

 

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News: Stewart Lee, Omid Djalili, Reg Hunter & More Take Part In 24/7 Chilcot Reading

Starting at 6pm on Monday 8 August, and continuing 24/7 until they reach the end, a host of Edinburgh Fringe performers, writers, and politicians plus members of the public will stage a nonstop, out loud, live streamed reading of the recently published Chilcot Report, in its 2.6 million word entirety.

News: 2016 Tour For Omid Djalili

Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili has announced a new 41-date UK tour in 2016. The tour currently starts on March 1 in Barnard Castle and ends on May 14 in Luton.

As a stand-up and acclaimed actor Dajili's credits range from Hollywood movies and television to live productions on the West End stage. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his live shows are examples of stand-up at its most skilful.

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Book Review: Hopeful by Omid Djalili

This autumn we are no doubt going to be drowning in the usual pre-Xmas autobiographies of comedians. So it is canny that Omid Djalili has got in first with Hopeful. Fans of Djalili’s stand-up shows may recognise the title as a variant of one of his old jokes: "My parents named me Omid, which means ‘hope’. Unfortunately, Djalili means ‘less’”.

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News: Omid Djalili Releases World Cup Anthem

Comedian Omid Djalili has collaborated with producer Rick Blaskey (Three Lions) to release the fans' anthem for the World Cup – England’s Going Out…..(To Do It Again) is available from iTunes from Monday.

Among those guesting in the video are Sir Trevor McDonald, David Baddiel, Michael McIntyre, Jack Dee, Ray Winstone, John Bishop, John Hurt, Michael McIntyre, Harry Hill, Sean Lock, Terry Alderton, Ricky Grover and Bill Bailey. 

Book Review: How to Be Averagely Successful At Comedy by Dave Cohen

So you want to be a comedian? The chances are that if you have landed on my website you are thinking about dipping a toe in the shark-infested waters of comedy. Then take a leaf out of Dave Cohen's book about the industry and his life in it. No, don't just take a leaf, go out and bloody well buy the whole book.

Opinion: When Is A Gag Past Its Tell-By Date?

When does a topical gag stop being topical? And, maybe more importantly, when does a topical gag stop being funny? I've been thinking about this a lot lately, partly because nearly a year on I'm still hearing comedians do jokes about the sodden Jubilee Pageant and the sodding Olympics and partly because there are so many outlets for up-to-the-nanosecond satire that old jokes – even good ones that would have once had a few days to shine are in danger of becoming redundant more quickly than ever due to overexposure.

Review: Omid Djalili, Leicester Square Theatre

"Three stars, but it read like a four,"  "Four stars, but it read like a three," "Five stars, but it read like a one." You can't win when star ratings are added to reviews.

Opinion: What's Better, New Gags or Old Classics?

I went to see Terry Alderton at the Bloomsbury Theatre last night. Great fun and a full review will be in the Evening Standard on Tuesday. But one particular thing struck me. Alderton was ostensibly doing a new show, but various bits in it came from previous shows. Not just his general multi-personality style, but actual gags and routines.

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