*In an unfortunate turn of events, the show has been cancelled due to Omid Djalili falling ill. Ticket refunds will be made available*
Award-winning British-Iranian comedian, Omid Djalili is set to conjure some knee-slapping hysterics, right here in South Africa, courtesy of Comedy Central and Real Concerts.
Not only acclaimed as one of Britain’s funniest stand-up comedians, Omid has also featured in a host of popular films including “The Mummy”, “Gladiator”, “Spy Game”, “Modigliani”, “Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow”, “Casanova”, “The Allottment” and “Pirates of the Caribbean III”. In the United States he signed a talent holding deal with NBC in 2002 and co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in her sitcom ‘Whoopi’ which ran from 2003-04. Most recently Omid has been commissioned to do his own series for BBC1, “The Omid Djalili Show”. He is one of the UK’s funniest, freshest and most original comedians.
After great success at the Edinburgh Festivals of 1993 and 1994 with a one-man theatre piece, Omid became a festival favourite with a string of sell-out comedy shows. It started in 1995 with “Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner’s Son”. He has performed every year since 1995 and in 2005 Omid returned to the festival with his most successful show to date, “No Agenda”, with record breaking sales on the Fringe totaling 16 500.
This show then transferred to a total sell-out nationwide 40 date tour of the UK, including two shows at the London Palladium in 2006. Djalili’s 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 in Qatar for the Emir where he shared a stage with Bill Clinton.
In 2005, Djalili 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.
Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “We are delighted to support Omid Djalili on his maiden tour of South Africa. We know that Mzansi comedy audiences will take Omid’s unique brand of cross-cultural observation and truly inspired silliness to their hearts.” Tickets available from Computicket starting from R288 to R568 (inclusive of service charges).
Venue: Carvival City
Date: October 26
City: Cape Town
Venue: Grand Arena at Grand West Casino
Date: October 27
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