set your TiVo

Whoopi Goldberg’s new sitcom debuted tonight on NBC. And it’s something of a milestone: it features a character of Middle-Eastern origin, a first since, well, let’s see, since Kathy Najimy played Olive in that awful, awful sitcom, Veronica’s Closet . The character in question is Nassim, an Iranian man who immigrated to the United States after the 1979 revolution. (“How did you come to the United States” “I ran.” Get it? Get it?) Nassim is played by Omid Djalili. I liked him in this. He has good comic ability, something you wouldn’t know from the roles he’s played so far (usually, the dumb, bumbling Arab, like in The Mummy.) Set your TiVo, why don’t you?

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2 Responses to “set your TiVo”

  1. Ikram Saeed Says:

    Djalili is really funny. I saw him on a tribute to the Queen on the BBC a few months ago. It’s worth noting that he isn’t just an ethnic act. Besides his hilarious Iraqi-comic bit, he does a funny office-comedian bit.

    On the other hand, Whoopi Goldberg hasn’t been funny in years.

  2. Dud Says:

    Yes,he’s funny.

    He works the stand-up circuit over here in the UK. Bit parts in ‘The Mummy’ etc are just take-the-money-and-run earners. Who can blame him?

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