Omid Djalili will perform at Poole Lighthouse later this evening.
The comedian will be performing as part of his new tour The Good Times Tour.
56-year-old Djalili, who as well as his stand-up has been in a number of films including Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, said he is glad to be back on stage after a period of performing gigs on Zoom.
“It’s been a huge relief to be back,” he said. “Although comedians love to moan about being on tour, we don’t take that for granted now. Us comedians absolutely love doing our jobs, it’s one of the best jobs in the world. It’s one of the most sought-after jobs. Of course, there are pitfalls, but if you manage it well it’s the best job in the world.
Omid revealed that Zoom gigs were not all that bad, as it did allow for him to think of new ideas for his shows. “I do a section in my show about what comedians do during a pandemic. It was a pretty desperate time, but we also thought that was our careers now. We embraced Zoom for a while but a lot of us lost the will to live.
“But the one thing I do miss from my Zoom gigs is the ending – I had the best. I took my computer to the toilet and said, ‘and now the sound of my career,’ and I would press the flush button. It was the most appropriate thing to end with, and I don’t think anyone had a better ending.”
Omid is one of the biggest comedians in Britain and in 2007 was voted the 60th greatest stand-up as part of a Channel 4 poll. He has also performed for Prince Charles’ sixtieth and seventieth birthday celebrations.
But despite this, it didn’t stop his audience on one Zoom gig to pull a prank on the comedian. Omid tells of how 639 people had muted him. “I didn’t know how to get on the chat [on Zoom]. I asked everybody if they could hear me, and they said no.
“Only later did I realise somebody in the chat said, ‘let’s just mute him’. And they all did it. I think about five people didn’t and they were laughing. It was the most coordinated heckle I have ever had.
“Apparently, it was very funny for them, but very confusing for a bloke in his 50s who didn’t know what was going on. There was five minutes of me ringing people up saying, ‘I don’t think they can hear me’ and I could see the audience laughing. It was apparently one of the funniest zooms of all time, but it involved me being muted.”
Omid Djalili will be at Poole Lighthouse tonight at 7:30pm.