The representative worked with some of the comedy circuit’s best known stars, including Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Alan Carr and Jack Dee
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Thursday 12 August 2010
The preparations for Tony Blair's book signing at Waterstone's Piccadilly sounded a tad over the top when they were announced yesterday morning. The former PM will sign copies of his memoir, A Journey, on 8 September, reported The Bookseller. However: "Customers cannot be photographed with Blair, there will be no personal dedications and all bags, backpacks and briefcases must be checked in, along with cameras and mobile phones... Blair will sign a maximum of two books per customer." The security rigmarole seemed slightly more salient by the afternoon, however, when the Stop The War Coalition set up a Facebook page calling on its members to stage a "mass protest" at the event, and announced plans to arrest Blair for alleged war crimes. "We will be asking people to boycott Waterstone's completely and shut the chain of shops down if this event goes ahead," warned activist Andrew Burgin. Mr Burgin also works as a second-hand bookseller, but far be it from me to suggest he might have an ulterior motive.
Sunday 08 August 2010
In this flat British indie comedy, a Muslim (Omid Djalili) discovers that his biological parents were actually Jewish.
Friday 06 August 2010
"You find out you're Jewish and suddenly someone in uniform is leading you away," cries Muslim family man Mahmud when he's escorted from an East End town hall, after learning he was adopted from birth and is Jewish.
Monday 12 July 2010
The price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com has been singing the praises of Omid Djalili, the face of its new advertising campaign. The comedian has helped it to post a chunky increase in revenue during the first half of the year, you see. Strangely, Moneysupermarket.com said something very similar about Peter Jones, the star of Dragon's Den, and its previous campaign. So why didn't it stick with him?
Friday 09 April 2010
And talking of faith, David Baddiel's debut screenplay pitches Judaism against Islam in a potentially incendiary face-off.
Thursday 08 April 2010
How about this for a comedy film pitch? It's early Christmas Day morning and a young wannabe terrorist boards a plane with a hefty load of explosives stuffed down his underpants. He's waited a long time for this day and worked hard to get there, sweating for months in some lonely desert valley learning how to build bombs and make a half decent martyrdom video in HD format.
Monday 15 March 2010
Friday 05 March 2010
Tuesday 02 February 2010
Monday 18 January 2010
Sunday 19 July 2009
Friday 12 June 2009
In the debate on immigration, "refugee" is a term we hear little of now. Yet these are often the most vulnerable arrivals. Forced from their homes, they might well have undergone long-term persecution as well as the trauma of dislocation.
Tuesday 28 April 2009
Addressing the annual dinner of the Royal Asiatic Society in 1908 Lord Curzon predicted that if the society still existed in "50 or a 100 years, Afghanistan will be as vital and as important a question as it is now". Well, the society does still exist and if Lord Curzon did too I don't think he'd exactly be feeling embarrassed by his prediction. Even he, though, might be surprised by how precisely his 100-year audit hit on a moment when the importance of the question has become obvious to everyone – not just Whitehall mandarins or foreign policy wonks. Afghanistan – temporarily a sideshow to Western adventures in Iraq – has been moving steadily back to centre stage.
Thursday 23 April 2009
Last Night's Television - Ashes to Ashes, BBC1; The Omid Djalili Show, BBC1; Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, BBC2
Tuesday 21 April 2009
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
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Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn could be the next Prime Minister, says Ken Clarke
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