Although originally a British-Iranian film and tv actor, Omid Djalili is now recognised as a stand-up comedian. And it was with his new show, No Agenda, that he appeared at the Grand Opera House in York, last night.
He’s intelligent, infectiously and refreshingly funny and brings with him an outsider’s view of the contemporary condition. His material, however, is often patchy. I was not the only one laughing because I wanted to find him funny, rather than being tickled by his jokes.
But he’s an excellent mimic, seems to be able to render any accent, from Geordie to Nigerian, and has a great take on disco dancing. He is one of the few serious ambassadors for multiculturalism.
He has a series on BBC1 television starting in the autumn and one hopes that he has good writers. From memory, the camera is kind to him.
He does a great Godzilla.
Continues to make us repeat that question: Who are we.