60 Second stand–up: Omid Djalili

Fiona Hicks 

Clever funnyman Omid Djalili devotes sixty seconds to crowd-surfing, unexpected heckles and jokes about ISIS. 

What's your favourite of your own jokes?

I performed with an Iraqi comedian who’s name was Jimmy Car-Bomb.

He was very funny—he took the roof off.


What's the best part of your current set?

I do a whole set about terrorism and who’s funding ISIS and why. It’s quite shocking.


Have you found any parts of the country to be funnier than others?

The more north I go, the more receptive they are.

I went from almost surfing the crowd in Aberdeen to total silence in Shrewsbury—380 miles south—the following night. 


Watch Omid in action (contains strong language):


What's your most memorable heckle experience?

Once I was just saying, “Good evening,” when a woman in the front row said, “Oh, shut up, you’ve done nothing but make fun of us all night.”


Do you have any funny stories about a time you bombed on stage?

I bombed so badly in a pub that in the silence after a joke, I heard a guy at the back say to his friend, “There used to be a pool table in here.”


Who’s your comedy inspiration?

A combination of Harry Hill, Bill Bailey and Doug Stanhope. They all really make me laugh.


What's your favourite one-liner?

Oscar Wilde: “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I’m saying.”


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