REVIEW: Comedy Carpet Live - Omad Djalili

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Comedy Carpet Live kicked off this weekend with a night of four comedians at Blackpool Opera House.

But with the stage set and the puns being punched, the most striking thing, which was commented on by the comics, was the large amount of empty seats.

Those aside, Comedy Carpet Live got off to a cracking start.

Kicking off the night was Scots comic Daniel Sloss.

None of what he said is repeatable in a family newspaper, but suffice to say his take on being a young man building a life for himself away from home had the audience warned up for an evening of hilarious entertainment.

Next up was Mark Watson, star of several television panel shows over the years.

Watson got the most laughs of the night, taking on subjects like old age and the path to old age, and he even came down into the audience, possibly to the disappointment of the people with balcony seats.

Next, was Lucy Beaumont returning to Blackpool after her first visit last year.

A relatively new comic to the circuit, her different take on comedy involved reading poetry and a hiccup in applying for a teaching position at a school for children with special needs.

The headline act for the first night of Blackpool Comedy Festival was 47-year-old Iranian comic heavyweight Omid Djalili.

After making his name at the Edinburgh Fringe in the mid 90s Djalili has appeared in films like Gladiator, The Mummy and Sex and the City 2; as well as appeared as Fagin in the West End production of Oliver; become the voice of smash-hit computer game Grand Theft Auto; and narrated for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

And as he hit the stage in the resort he did not disappoint. His puns came with a life lesson on which international figures we should look up to, how to stamp out racism and how, ultimately, woman are better than men.

Despite Djalili being the headline act for Comedy Carpet Live on Saturday, for me it was Watson who stole the show on the night.

Rebecca Draper