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OMID DJALILI (Guru Satchabigknoba) is an award-winning British- Iranian actor/comedian. Acclaimed as one of Britain's funniest stand-up comedians, he has also been featured in films including "The Mummy,” ”Gladiator,” "Spy Game,” "Modigliani,” "Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow,” "Casanova,” "The Allottment” and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.” On TV, he did two seasons of "Small Potatoes” on Britain's Channel 4, as well as stints on "The Abbey,” "My Family and Other Animals,” "Chopra Town” and "Little Britain.” In the U.S., 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.

After great success at the Edinburgh Festivals of 1993 and 1994 with a oneman theater piece, Djalili became a festival favorite with a string of sold-out comedy shows. It started in 1995 with "Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son,” then in 1996 in "The Arab & the Jew.” In 1997, it was "Omid Djalili is Ethnic,” his least favorite year spawning the legendary lines from his manager Nigel "There's no business like no business.”

In 1999, he returned to Edinburgh and had another hit show, "The Iranian Ceilidh,” with Kamal Mazlumi. "Warm to My Winning Smile” followed in 2000 and "Behind Enemy Lines” in 2002. All three shows were well received at Edinburgh, with "Behind Enemy Lines” earning six 5-star reviews. In 2005 Djalili returned to the festival with his most successful show to date, "No Agenda,” with record-breaking sales at the Fringe Festival totaling 16,500; the show then transferred to a sold-out nationwide 40-date tour, including two shows at the London Palladium in 2006.

His 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, in Qatar for the Emir, where he shared a stage with President Bill Clinton.

2006 saw Djalili playing major parts in "Alien Autopsy,” with Ant & Dec, and in "Over the Hedge” (voicing Tiger), alongside Bruce Willis, William Shatner and Wanda Sykes.

Most recently, his brand-new series, "The Omid Djalili Show,” finished a run on prime time BBC1 on Saturday nights. He recently toured the UK with his latest stand-up show, which ended at the Hammersmith Apollo in April.


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