Iranian Comedian Tries The U.S., Again

British-Iranian comedian and actor Omid Djalili gained a degree of fame in the United States talking about and even joking about issues of terrorism and the Middle East following 9/11. After several years and success in Britain, he's coming back to the States.

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Omid Djalili is a British actor and comedian of Iranian descent. American audiences may know him from his role as a sidekick on a short-lived TV show "Whoopi," or from his small parts in major Hollywood movies like "The Mummy" and "Gladiator."

{josquote}...the Baha'is are so sweet that even hippies in San Francisco mug the Baha'is regularly{/josquote}

OMID DJALILI: I've actually became a kind of Arab scumbag specialist.

RATH: But just as he was starting to really make a name for himself here, complete with a half-hour special on HBO, he went back to Britain. He's just recently returned for a few shows in the U.S. before embarking on his U.K. tour in the spring. I asked him about his unusual path.

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