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During lockdown Omid Djalili held Zoom gigs in his lavatory, including one where he was muted by 639 people. Flushing the toilet at the end of each show, he would announce “here’s the sound of my career.”

It’s a hell of a career though, ranging from the West End to film and TV. His credits include His Dark Materials, Gladiator, The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and even a James Bond film (joking that he played “second Azerbaijani oil pipe attendant”).

Despite Covid restrictions, a spicy socially-distanced gig in Kent saw the Iranian comic and actor pretend he was the head of ISIS trying out a stand-up routine with the masked audience all hostages, and he witnessed an audience member at a drive-in gig get out of his car, attach a hosepipe to his exhaust and feed it through the window.

Given these experiences, it’s understandable that Djalili genuinely believed his time as a legendary stand-up was over. Yet, as we circumnavigate yet more lockdowns by the skin of our collective teeth, he’s thankfully back, bringing his intelligent, entertaining and always provocative presence to Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre & Opera House on Wednesday 9th February for what is sure to be a captivating comedy masterclass.

Omid Djalili is at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle on Wednesday 9th February.

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