EDGAR interviews British-Iranian comic Omid Djalili

Ahead of his stand up gig in Dubai on May 9, we ask the comedian 19 and a half quick fire questions.

Neil Churchill May 7, 2015

How do you describe yourself?


How do others describe you?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My family.

What is your biggest regret?

Wish I'd studied botany when I had the chance.

What do you consider your best attribute?

My nose.

What is your least favourite attribute?

My inability to last 90 mins on a football field.

I nearly made a lot of money on a deal transporting 10,000 Romanian car tyres to Turkey...

What virtue do you value most in people?

Supreme kindliness.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…

I nearly made a lot of money on commission in a deal in 1990 transporting 10,000 Romanian car tyres to Turkey. It fell apart at the last moment and the compnay set up to make it happen folded.

What inspires you?

Good American sitcoms and the English countryside.

What is your most prized possession?

I'm not good at possessions I tend to lose them. Omid Djalili is an executive producer on the upcoming film We Are Many.

Do you have a personal motto?

"Success is failure after failure with no loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill.

What advice would you give to yourself as a 16 year old?

Relax - it's all going to turn out fine.

What would you have for your last supper?

If it's the last supper I don't think I'd have much of an appetite. ​

What film are you embarrassed that you have never seen?

Star Wars

Every man should possess moisturiser.

What is your biggest luxury?

My car.

What is something a modern day man should possess?


How important is it to take risks?


Who is your real life hero?

Anyone who does their best.

Who would you want to play you in a film about your life?

Judy Dench.

Finish this sentence: Laughter is…

Not always real.

Details: Omid Djalili is performing on May 9 at Music Hall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah. Visit platinumlist.net for tickets.