Pardis Parker

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Pardis Parker
Born Sri Lanka
Nationality Canadian
Notable works and roles Mideast Minute, Life in Pieces, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Combat Hospital, Single White Spenny
Website www.pardisparker.com, www.flyingdish.ca

Pardis Parker is a Sri Lankan born Canadian award-winning director, writer, actor, and comedian, and the creator and star of Comedy Central's Mideast Minute.[1]

His work has screened at over 150 film festivals worldwide and received over 80 awards and nominations, he's appeared on TV and in films in the United States and Canada, and he's a regular performer at the Hollywood Improv, Hollywood Laugh Factory, and World Famous Comedy Store.

Mideast Minute[edit]

Created by and starring Parker, Mideast Minute is a satirical news show distributed worldwide on Comedy Central's digital platform.

The series satirizes U.S. propaganda efforts, particularly the Congress-funded Alhurra network, by trying to convince Middle Easterners that everything's OK in the Middle East.[1]

Stand-up Comedy[edit]

A six-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee[2][3] and a finalist for Canada's Next Top Comic[4] and Bite TV's Stand Up and Bite Me,[5] Parker recently won British star David Baddiel's international stand-up competition[6] and previously became the first Canadian ever to book the CBS Sketch Comedy Showcase.[7]

Parker has had multiple stand-up comedy performances broadcast on TV and radio, and he is a regular performer at the Hollywood Improv, Hollywood Laugh Factory, and World Famous Comedy Store.

Acting[edit]

Parker has received multiple Best Actor nominations for his work in The Dance and Afghan, and has appeared on television and in film on both sides of the border, including Life in Pieces on CBS, Combat Hospital on ABC, Little Mosque on the Prairie on CBC, Single White Spenny and Moderation Town on Showcase, Really Me on The Family Channel, and the indie drama Snow.

Writing and Directing[edit]

Parker's films and music videos, including The Dance, Afghan, and Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns, have screened at over 150 film festivals worldwide and received over 80 awards and nominations.

Filmography[edit]

Year(s) Title Director Writer Cast/Artist
2008 Afghan Yes Yes Pardis Parker, Mark Little
2009 What Goes Around Comes Around (music video) Yes Yes Mir
2009 Don't Turn Around (music video) Yes Yes Ghettosocks, Edgar Allen Floe
2010 Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Yes Yes John Dunsworth, Levi Macdougall
2010 Implants Yes Yes Pardis Parker, Evany Rosen
2011 The Dance Yes Yes Pardis Parker, Evany Rosen
2012 The Train Yes Yes Pardis Parker, Colin Mochrie
2013 Jash Ugly Sweater Contest No Yes Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, Tim & Eric

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2008 CBC Short Film Face-Off Best Film Afghan Finalist
2009 Just for Laughs Best of Just for Laughs Afghan Won
2009 ViewFinders International Film Festival Best Short Film Afghan Won
2010 Films in Bloom Audience Award Afghan Silver
2010 Moondance International Film Festival Atlantis Award Afghan Won
2010 Twin Rivers Media Festival Award of Excellence Afghan Won
2010 Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival Audience Choice Award Afghan Won
2010 Desiderata Film Festival Audience Award Afghan 1st
2010 Screaming Ant Film Festival Best Narrative Film Afghan Won
2010 Screaming Ant Film Festival Featured Filmmaker Award Afghan Won
2010 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Writing, Film Afghan Nominated
2010 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Performance by a Male, Film Afghan Nominated
2011 Buttered Corn on the Cob Film Festival Juror Pick Afghan Won
2011 Big Dam Film Festival People's Choice Award Afghan Won
2011 Margaret River Shorts Film Festival Best Film Afghan Finalist
2011 Imago Film Festival 1–15 Minutes Afghan 1st
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Actor Afghan Nominated
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Screenplay Afghan Nominated
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Afghan Nominated
2011 Athens International Film Festival Best Short Narrative Afghan 3rd
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Short Film Afghan Won
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Editing Afghan Won
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Sound Design Afghan Won
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Original Score Afghan Won
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Director Afghan Nominated
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Cinematography Afghan Nominated
2012 Next Wave Art Salon Time Arts Award Afghan Won
2010 Twin Rivers Media Festival Best Short Drama Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns 2nd
2010 JamFest Indie Film Festival Best Experimental Comedy Short Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Silver
2010 NBC Universal Short Cuts Film Festival Best Film Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Semi-Finalist
2010 South Dakota Film Festival Jury Award Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2010 TriMedia Film Festival Best of the TriMedia Film Festival Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2010 Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival Best Short Film Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2010 Montgomery Film Festival Best Film Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2010 Montgomery Film Festival Best Comedy Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2010 Montgomery Film Festival Audience Award Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2010 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Direction, Film Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Nominated
2011 Derby City Film Festival Best Short Film Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Nominated
2011 Griffon International Film Festival Best Comedy Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2011 Buttered Corn on the Cob Film Festival Juror Pick Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2011 Lakeshorts International Film Festival Best Comedy Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2011 Tallahassee Film Festival Best Narrative Short Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Nominated
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Director Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Nominated
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Actor Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Nominated
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Nominated
2011 Santa Catalina Film Festival Best Short Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Finalist
2011 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival Best Short Comedy Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2011 Screaming Ant Film Festival Best Narrative Film Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2011 Screaming Ant Film Festival Featured Filmmaker Award Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2012 SENE Film Festival Best of SENE Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns Won
2010 Twin Rivers Media Festival Award of Excellence Don't Turn Around Won
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Hip-Hop Music Video Don't Turn Around Nominated
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Most Creative Music Video Don't Turn Around Nominated
2010 Twin Rivers Media Festival Award of Excellence What Goes Around Comes Around Won
2011 Rincon International Film Festival Best Music Video What Goes Around Comes Around Won
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Director What Goes Around Comes Around Won
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Rock Music Video What Goes Around Comes Around Nominated
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Most Creative Music Video What Goes Around Comes Around Nominated
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Cinematography What Goes Around Comes Around Nominated
2012 TriMedia Film Festival Best Music Video What Goes Around Comes Around Nominated
2011 Margaret River Shorts Film Festival Best Film Implants Finalist
2011 Beloit International Film Festival Best Short Film Implants Finalist
2011 Playboy Imaginative Filmmakers Spotlight Grand Prize Implants Finalist
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Dramatic Short Film Implants Nominated
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Screenplay Implants Nominated
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Sound Design Implants Nominated
2011 Creative Arts Film Festival Best Director of Photography Implants Nominated
2011 JamFest Indie Film Festival Best Experimental Comedy Short The Dance Gold
2011 Carmel Art and Film Festival Best of Shorts The Dance Won
2011 PEI International Film Festival Best Maritime Short The Dance Won
2011 Film North - Huntsville International Film Festival Best Short Film The Dance Won
2011 SNO Boston Film Festival Best Foreign Filmmaker The Dance Won
2011 Dixie Film Festival Best Comedy The Dance Won
2011 Urban Mediamakers Film Festival Best International Short The Dance 2nd
2012 Big Dam Film Festival Best of Show The Dance 3rd
2012 Imago Film Festival Audience Choice Award The Dance Won
2012 Buttered Corn on the Cob Film Festival Best of the Fest The Dance Won
2012 Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival Best Short Film The Dance Won
2012 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Director The Dance Nominated
2012 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Actor The Dance Nominated
2012 World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Cinematography The Dance Nominated
2012 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Performance by a Male, Film The Dance Nominated
2012 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Writing, Film The Dance Nominated
2012 Humanity International Film Festival Best Local Film The Dance Won
2012 Humanity International Film Festival Best Canadian Film The Dance Won
2012 Humanity International Film Festival Best Comedy The Dance Won
2012 SENE Film Festival Best of SENE The Dance Won
2012 Boston Comedy Festival Audience Choice Award The Dance 2nd
2012 Forster Film Festival Creativity Award The Dance Won
2013 National Screen Institute of Canada Best Comedy The Dance Won
2012 South Texas Underground Film Festival The Right Stuff Award The Train Won
2012 Urban Mediamakers Film Festival Best Short Film Under 2 Minutes The Train Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "News Satire Series 'Mideast Minute' Coming To Comedy Central Digital". Deadline Hollywood. November 3, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Comedy Network". TheComedyNetwork.ca. October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Canadian Comedy Awards website". canadiancomedy.ca. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Metro – Haligonian could be Next Top Comic". Metronews.ca. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Johns, Stephanie (June 13, 2011). "Pardis Parker makes finals of Stand Up & Bite Me | Art Attack". Thecoast.ca. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Culture (April 5, 2010). "Which is the funniest religion?". London: Telegraph. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Next in line – The Whig Standard – Ontario, CA". Thewhig.com. October 11, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 

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