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Live @ The Botanical

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On July 26th 2019, CAN Comedy, Blind Monkey and the Botanical Gardens to bring you "Live @ The Botanical"

We are ecstatic to announce that our headline act for our opening night is none other than Omid Djalili -

Omid Djalili is a British Iranian stand-up comedian and actor. Omid had great success performing A Strange Bit of History, which won the Spirit of The Fringe award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, Omid has since become a fringe favorite with a string of sell-out shows. In 1995 it was with Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son, again in 1996 in Arab & The Jew and in 1997 with a full-length solo stand-up show, Omid Djalili Is Ethnic. He has become one of the funniest, freshest and most original comedians in Britain, this being reinforced by him winning the LWT Best Stand-Up Award in 1997. His international appeal is vast, having performed in the last three years in Australia, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, The Czech Republic and Slovakia. Omid has appeared in every episode of BBC 2's Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round, and the Channel 4 sketch shows Barking and Coming Soon. Omid has also been seen on the big screen in Notting Hill and in a major role with Brendan Fraser and John Hannah in the Hollywood remake of the 1932 Boris Karloff film, The Mummy. In August 1999, Omid was once again was awarded with the Spirit of the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival. His show received rave reviews in the newspapers. 1999 also saw Omid in the James Bond Movie, The World Is Not Enough, and also appear in every episode of the Channel 4 sitcom, Small Potatoes alongside Perrier Award Winner Tommy Tiernan. Omid was also seen in the Ridley Scott film Gladiator with Russell Crowe and Oliver Reed.

Joining the line up is Birminghams own Luisa Omielan -

In 2012, Omielan performed her debut stand up solo show, What Would Beyonce Do?! as part of the Brighton Fringe later followed by the free fringe at the Edinburgh Festival.What Would Beyonce Do?! has since had seven sell out runs at London's Soho Theatre.

In 2014, Omielan was invited to perform for ten nights as part of the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. The show then continued to have a week run in the London West End at the Leicester Square Theatre. Omielan is known for her empowering 'party' atmosphere genre of comedy.Her follow-up show Am I Right Ladies?! has had a UK tour, received critical acclaim and five star reviews.In July 2015, Omielan used crowd funding website Indiegogo to self fund a DVD recording of Am I Right Ladies?! at the Bloomsbury Theatre, which she later uploaded to her YouTube channel, in February 2018.

On 20 November 2014, she appeared on the 99th episode of The Comedian's Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith.

In 2015, she toured Australia and performed as part of the Comedy Gala. A 4-minute clip where Omielan discuses the 'Thigh Gap' went viral and has since amassed over 30 million views on Facebook.

In 2017 the BBC produced a TV version of her What Would Beyonce Do?! show, shown as a special on Valentine's Day on BBC Three, and later on BBC One.

Autumn 2018 she adapted her live Edinburgh Fringe stage show, Politics for Bitches, into six 30 minute episodes for the BBC. Via a part documentary, part stand-up gig format, Omielan, explores a few of the socioeconomic and political issues facing young adults in the UK today.

These acts will be joined by Top pro comic and one of the UK's finest Dan Nightingale and your Mc's The Cheeky Blinders

Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.

Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili appearing at this event

One of Britain's freshest and most original comics, this British-born Iranian hams the accent and underlines the cliches before pulling the Persian rug from under the audience. With a career in comedy spanning across three decades, Omid Djalili's legendary performances on stage and screen have won him fans and plaudits the world over. Renowned for his razor sharp wit, boundless energy and expertly crafted cultural observations, his original material continues to explore the diversity of modern Britain and he remains one of the most exciting entertainers on the circuit. A firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival, Omid's stand-up awards include the Time Out Award for Best Stand Up and the EMMA Award. He's also been a nominee for a Perrier Award and the South Bank Award. Omid was also awarded a Best Actor award at the Turin Film Festival for his lead performance in The Infidel. 'To carve yourself out a career as the thinking person's Iranian comedian in this political climate takes a fine brain and a masterful way with the audience. There is no question that Omid Djalili possesses both... Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle' (The Sunday Times) Omid Djalili was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2017.

See 2 tour dates featuring Omid Djalili

Luisa Omielan

Luisa Omielan appearing at this event

Luisa Omielan is a diva in training. She's got the sass, she's got the earrings, now she's ready for the lifestyle! Her debut one-woman show "What Would Beyonce Do?" earned five star reviews and was named "one of the top UK comedy shows of the last decade" by the Guardian. WWBD started off on the Edinburgh Fringe and went on to to become one of the most successful stand-up shows to come out of Edinburgh with sell-out performances all over the world. Luisa's follow-up show, ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’ continued her success, with sell-out runs across the country. 'Omielan could find the humour in a brown paper bag' (Vogue) 'Fresh, frank and fearless – a gutsy new star is born' (The Daily Telegraph) 'Watching a raw, natural talent doing something surprising and clever and hugely enjoyable, and knowing that you've just witnessed a star being born' (Skinny) 'Omielan’s energy is infectious... a star in her own right' (Three Weeks) 'An intense, funny and manic hour of soul-baring comedy... You'll have the time of your life and you'll owe it all to her' (Chortle).

See Luisa Omielan tour dates

Dan Nightingale

Dan Nightingale appearing at this event

Dan is a huge star of the national circuit and is a resident compere and act at Manchester's Famous Frog and Bucket Comedy Club. He is an act not to be missed! 'Nightingale can make just about anything funny. He's lightning-quick' (Time Out) 'A superb compilation of brilliantly crafted stories written by someone who unquestionably has a keen and instinctive eye for comedy. Nightingale's buoyant energy makes for entertaining stand up' (Broadway Baby) 'Dan's laughing, we're laughing... funny as hell' (Leicester Mercury) 'A witty and incredibly well timed comic' (Arts Award Voice) 'It is his powers of observation that make him so entertaining. Outrageously funny' (KeepingupwithNZ) 'Magnetic, entertaining and wonderfully funny' (Three Weeks).

See 4 tour dates featuring Dan Nightingale

Also Appearing

The Cheeky Blinders

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses

  • Westbourne Road
  • Edgbaston
  • Birmingham
  • B15 3TR

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birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk
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