The London Olympics, a completely new take on Henry VIII, the credit crunch and darts players’ wives are just some of the targets of the multi-talented actor, stand-up, writer and “Iran’s answer to Carol Vorderman”, in this new series of The Omid Djalili Show. In a series stuffed full of sketches, songs and stand-up, the country’s best-loved British-Iranian comedian takes a uniquely adult look at contemporary issues such as race, religion, football and lad culture.
In programme one, the comedian gives some TV favourites a Middle-Eastern makeover as Sheiks In The City and Jihad’s Army get the “Look Eastwards” treatment. Next, Omid dons facial hair and hose to bring Henry VIII to life in his own inimitable style, as he campaigns to be divorced from his feisty Spanish wife, Catherine of Aragon.
The comic returns as bouncer, broadcaster and Londoner Steve “The Dragon” Thompson, presenter of a video guide to the “real” London Olympics – with sports including “sitting on a man in a fight” and “eel-fencing”. The facial hair continues as Omid plays the part of a heavy-metal bailiff in Credit Crunch – The Rock Opera. Finally, the comedian’s stand-up routine takes the audience on a flight of fancy involving Somalian pirates, Gordon Brown doing the lottery and Egyptian taxi-drivers.
Over the past 10 years, Omid’s popularity has grown on both sides of the Atlantic, with sell-out tours in the UK and the US, a comedy special on HBO and roles in Hollywood blockbusters including Gladiator, The Mummy, Spy Game and Pirates Of The Caribbean – At World’s End. His UK TV work includes roles in My Family And Other Animals, Lead Balloon, Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, Annie Griffin´s New Town for BBC Four and the critically acclaimed first series of The Omid Djalili Show.