Heard the one about the comedian, the quiz and the aid agency?

By agency reporter
August 16, 2010

The award-winning Anglo-Iranian comedian and actor, Omid Djalili, has accepted a new role as QuizAid Master for Christian Aid’s first ever Twitter Quiz.

Djalili will host a live online quiz held on his Twitter page (@omid9) on 6 September 2010 at 12.30pm to launch this year’s fundraising competition.

Omid is encouraging as many twitterers as possible to join in the fun and take part in the online quiz which will last for one hour and cover topics including general knowledge, music, sport and geography.

The comedian said: “Twitter is the perfect way to get thousands of people quizzing at the same time, no matter where in the UK they are. The challenge will be to keep the questions under 140 characters. There are no prizes, just the glory of beating your friends, family or work colleagues.”

The Twitter Quiz launches Christian Aid’s annual fundraiser, Quizaid which takes place between 13 and 19 September and aims to raise £230,000 for Christian Aid’s work with communities in 50 of the world’s poorest countries.

Prospective quiz masters can hold their own QuizAid event at home, work, school or in their local pub by simply applying for a free Quizaid pack online at www.christianaid.org.uk/quizaid. The pack includes the quiz questions and answers and everyone who enters a quiz makes a donation.

The money raised will help change the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities. £2 could buy four school books for children in Burundi, £12 could pay for six months of school fees for one child displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and £29 could pay for a year’s supply of stationery and uniforms for a child orphaned as a result of HIV in South Africa, says the agency.

Log on to http://twitter.com/omid9 on 6 September at 12.30pm to join Omid or to hold your own QuizAid event, simply visit www.christianaid.org.uk/quizaid to register for the fundraising pack.

Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve. Its report, 'Poverty Over', explains what it believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty. Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

Christian Aid is also a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development. Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

Omid Djalili is an award-winning British-Iranian actor and comedian. He was voted by the British public as one of the funniest stand up comedians in Channel 4’s "The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups". He has also starred in a number of films including ‘The Mummy’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Spy Game’, ‘Over The Hedge’, ‘Casanova’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean III’ and ‘Sex and the City 2’.

On TV he did two seasons of ‘Small Potatoes’ on Channel 4 and in the States co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in her sitcom, ‘Whoopi’. Djalili’s own series for BBC1, ‘The Omid Djalili Show’, ran for two series. Most recently he starred in the David Baddiel scripted movie ‘The Infidel’.

He has had a string of successful comedy shows starting with ‘Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner’s Son’ in 1995. His most successful show to date, ‘No Agenda’, had record breaking sales at Edinburgh festival, and then transferred to a total sell-out nationwide 40 date tour, including two shows at the London Palladium. He has also appeared as the second Fagin in the new West End production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

In recent years Omid Djalili has performed in several countries including Australia, Austria, the USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Slovakia and he performed in Qatar for the Emir where he shared a stage with Bill Clinton.

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