Soho Theatre Mon 17 – Sat 22 Feb 2020. 4.00pm, 7.15pm
OMID RETURNS to one of his earliest stage creations, an enthralling and hilarious storytelling piece recounting mystical experiences, astonishing claims, adventures and tragedies set against the backdrop of tumultuous expectation for a Promised One in Persia, 1844.
Omid portrays a rich diversity of tragic and comic characters in this revival to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith.
A Strange Bit of History was first performed at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival, where it won the Spirit of the Fringe Award. Over the next four years it was performed 109 times in 12 different countries.
“Omid Djalili, the world’s edgiest and quite possibly its funniest comedian as well, is performing an act at Caroline’s in New York Times Square this weekend so hysterically funny and at the same time so poignant and powerful that calling it standup barely does it justice...”
Michael Levin, Contributor, Huff Post. (New York Times best selling author Michael Levin writes frequently about arts, culture, business, sports, books, and humor)
This 2015 stand up show is an exclusive digital download for his fans, with all donations to be made to the Bobby Moore Fund!
OMID IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE the release of his acclaimed 2015 stand-up show ‘Iranalamadingdong’ as a digital download. Fans will be able to download & watch the previously unreleased footage by signing up to Omid’s mailing list below, whilst being encouraged to make a donation to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, to help beat bowel cancer sooner.
‘Iranalamadingdong’ saw Omid travel the world in 2014/2015, discussing themes including relationships, the perils of celebrity and getting older.
On the release of the footage, Omid said: “I am very happy to be releasing Iranalamadingdong as a digital download as a thank you to people who have followed me over the years. Once downloaded, I encourage you to follow the link and make a donation straight to the Bobby Moore Fund, an excellent cause I’ve been privileged to work with many times in the past. The fund raises money for life-saving research into bowel cancer and increases public awareness of the disease.”
Following the digital download release of ‘Iranalamadingdong’, Omid will be releasing ‘Schmuck for a Night’ as a digital download next year, having filmed the show at his performance at London’s Eventim Apollo in May 2017.
Omid makes his Chichester debut playing Tevye. A multi award-winning comedian and actor, his stage credits include Oliver! in the West End and, on film, The Infidel, Shaun the Sheep and Casanova. And the reviews are stellar!
And the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Prize went to: Iraq Out & Loud: Reading the Chilcot Report in Full – Conceived and Produced by Omid Djalili.
Iraq Out & Loud also won the TV BOMB ZEITGEIST AWARD.
A work of beautiful rage…provokes anger and goosebumps Empire
ON FEBRUARY 15th, 2003, up to 30 million people worldwide gathered in nearly 800 cities around the world to protest against the impending Iraq War. The New York Times called it the “Second Superpower”, and it remains the largest recorded mass protest in our history.
How did this day come about? Who organized it? And, in the end, despite the rallying of immense numbers around the world, was it ‘a total failure’ as many critics suggested?
Amir Amirani’s startling and fearless documentary WE ARE MANY tells the remarkable story from behind the scenes with powerful testimony from protestors including actors Mark Rylance and Danny Glover, Professor Noam Chomsky, Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Richard Branson, Colin Powell’s former Chief of Staff Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Vietnam Veteran and author of Born on the 4th of JulyRon Kovic and musicians Brian Eno and Damon Albarn, as well as members of the public who took to the streets.
Executive produced by award-winning actor and comedian Omid Djalili, BAFTA nominated producer Pippa Harris and Academy Award® nominated producer SigneByrge Sørensen, WE ARE MANY will be released in the immediate aftermath of the publication of Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq Inquiry, the much-anticipated report into the lead up to the Iraq War in 2003.
Amidst ongoing debate and lengthy Government documents, the compelling and comprehensive WE ARE MANY offers a timeless account of the largest demonstration of people power in human history – available on digital download and on DVD.
PRODUCT DETAILS (DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DETAILS)
Title: We Are Many Release: Digital download & DVD Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Classification: BBFC 12 Retailer SKUs: 50530-8307517-0 Extras: Filmmaker Q&A (46mins, UK Cert: PG)
A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, joyously funny memoir about growing up and finding fame as a young Iranian in London.
Full of the warmth and intelligence that makes Omid such a successful comedian and sought-after actor, this memoir takes us on a joyously vivid journey through an unusually British life
Omid is proud to be executive producer of WE ARE MANY which goes on general release on 21 May 2015. For details follow the link to the main site here. See it first on 17 May as part of Guardian Liveat the Rio Cinema. Omid will be part of a live Q&A at the Curzon Mayfair with director Amir Amirani moderated by Jon Snow on 21 May.
Omid voices the "lead baddie," as the villainous Trumper in the big screen movie version of Shaun the Sheep. Premier is on February 6th and the movie is already attracting rave reviews!
Omid Djalili is simply magnificentDAILY MAILHilarious and painfully funny, Omid Djalili is unmissableTHE INDEPENDENTBy far the most entertaining comedy night THE TIMESDjalili blows you away with a blizzard of gagsTHE OBSERVERCult favouriteTHE TIMES He's back! One of Britain's best loved comedians, the multi award-winning British-Iranian, Omid Djalili takes on the world in a brand new sensational stand up show. Undertaking a huge sell-out tour across the UK, Live in London captures Omid at his very best, recorded live at the celebrated home of comedy - the Hammersmith Apollo.
Genius!★ ★ ★ ★ ★ METRO Sensational!★ ★ ★ ★ ★ THE LIST Hilarious!★ ★ ★ ★ ★ INDEPENDENT Brilliant!★ ★ ★ ★ ★ THE SCOTSMAN
After breaking all box office records at the Edinburgh Festival and then going on a forty date sell-out tour across the UK, this is Omid's final show, recorded live at The London Palladium captured in all its glory.
Right now, the Iranian Djalili is probably one of the most subversive, let alone funniest, comedians around... — THE GUARDIAN
To carve yourself out a career as the thinking person's Iranian comedian in this political climate takes a fine brain and a masterful way with the audience. There is no question that Omid Djalili possesses both... — SUNDAY TIMES