Comedian Omid Djalili claims he's never met a happy person in Sevenoaks
SENNOCKIANS have hit back at a comedian who claimed he has "never met a happy person from Sevenoaks".
Omid Djalili, an award-winning British-Iranian comedian, who featured in the film The Mummy, claimed he was "booed off stage" when he performed in the town.
When asked, in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, if anywhere was not his kind of town, Mr Djalili said: "Sevenoaks. I've never met a happy person from Sevenoaks or played a good gig there – I've always been booed off stage.
"That's got to tell you something about the place, hasn't it?"
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But Sevenoaks town councillor Andrew Eyre, who manages the Stag theatre, where Mr Djalili performed in 2012 and 2011 as part of the Outside The Box monthly comedy club, said the comedian's allegations were "invented."
"I remember him storming the place in his first performance two years ago," Mr Eyre said.
"I saw him both times he performed, two years ago and a year ago. He certainly was not booed off stage – he got a great reception. We would welcome him back at the Stag.
"He's obviously just picked a town name out of the woodwork when faced with this question.
"He had to come up with a place he didn't like and he was trying to think of the antithesis of Los Angeles, which the rest of the interview is about.
"Both times I saw him perform at the Stag he went down really well and was definitely not booed off stage.
"He's not just exaggerating, he's inventing."
As Mr Eyre pointed out, Sevenoaks has even been highlighted as a happy place, full of satisfied residents.
In 2002 it emerged as the "happy ever after" capital of Britain, reported in the Daily Telegraph as having the highest marriage survival rate in the country, with only 6.5 per cent of people divorced, compared to the national average of 15.4 per cent.
Then, in 2004, the Sevenoaks district was named the happiest in Britain, due to its success to the amount of voluntary work carried out in the town.
Finally, in 2009, Sennockians were revealed as among the most satisfied in Kent with the place they live.
Some 87 per cent of residents surveyed said they were satisfied with their area in terms of public services and feeling safe.
"Sevenoaks has been named as the happiest place in Britain," Mr Eyre said.
"Omid Djalili has got it wrong."