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Untitled Memoir by Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili's childhood was unconventional, to say the least. He was raised in a beautiful, chaotic, cramped, colorful, and legally dubious guesthouse where his parents fed and watered Iranian nationals flocking to the UK for medical treatment on the NHS. Over 20 years, almost 2000 "cousins" passed through the Djalili's doors, and the young Omid played translator to each. Although these years taught him a lot about the rich tapestry of life, this parenting by committee led to a slightly checkered school career which saw Omid taking his A levels a record six times, and eventually fake his own university entrance papers. Desperate to be free of his cramped living quarters he escapes to the University of Ulster, where he lives a life of wonderful solitude. Full of the warmth and intelligence that makes Omid such a successful comedian and sought-after actor, this memoir takes us on an incredible and laugh-out-loud funny journey through an unusually British life. - Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (November 1, 2014)

Omid Djalili is a British-born Iranian comic and actor with a career spanning over three decades. His performances on stage and screen have won him plaudits the world over

Omid Djalili: ‘I was in comedy therapy but I’ve moved on’
Published by Edinburgh Festivals

The British-Iranian comic and actor is taking stock of his life this year. No stand-up for him; this time it’s the Book Festival, with Hopeful, which he says might turn out to be only the first volume of his memoirs. Edinburgh is where it all came together for Djalili. It’s where his wife, Annabel Knight – who penned his first Fringe success, A Strange Bit of History – is from, and it’s where he made his comedy breakthrough in 1995 with Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner’s Son. “Half my ­family is Scottish,” he says, adding that referendum gags around the dinner table tend to bomb. “They said, what do you think of Alex Salmond? I said, ‘He’s the most hard-working politician in the world, because every year he swims upstream, spawns and swims back again.’ They didn’t like that.” - Read more HERE.


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