Omid Djalili performing in Spalding soon

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A regular column from South Holland Centre in Spalding.

Multi-award winning stand-up comedian Omid Djalili is hitting the road again with a new tour, ‘Schmuck for a Night’, including two nights at the South Holland Centre this December.

Omid recently managed to spare us a few minutes ahead of his busy tour.

The new show is called Schmuck for a Night. Why Schmuck?

I like the word ‘schmuck’. It means fool or buffoon. You have to be a schmuck to do comedy in today’s climate. I’m embracing the schmuck in me to take on the big issues of our day.

You touch on Brexit, ISIS and Trump in the show. It’s a long tour, will the show change while you’re on the road?

Well, I think the show will change even while I’m on stage. It’ll be so current sometimes audiences won’t laugh until they get home and turn on the TV.

Are you looking forward to that challenge?

Of course. Although, my main challenge is getting the audience in a good mood again after my support act Boothby Graffoe has been on. Sometimes people haven’t finished boo-ing until a few minutes into my act. (Laughs)

Your stand-up isn’t particularly political or agenda-based, though.

Well yes and no. I’m not party political if that’s what you mean. I have no party political agenda. But I’ll talk about what’s going on around us trying to contribute to the discourse. In fact that’s what the show should have been called: ‘Schmuck Talks about What’s Going on around Him Trying to Contribute to the Discourse’.

Omid Djalili is here for two nights: on Thursday and Friday, December 1 and 2. All tickets £24 from www.southhollandcentre.co.uk or 01775 764777.