Former Senior Muslim/South Asian/Middle Eastern/All things Ethnic correspondent on The Daily Show, Aasif Mandvi is back to push the limits and bring you more laughs than ever with his new show “Halal in the Family!” The actor and writer created the parody series which just premiered on the humor and satire site Funny or Die. The Show stars Mandvi and Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards), with special guests Samantha Bee (The Daily Show), Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (The Roots), and Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show). Check out the first episode!
The four episode sitcom parody will bring a humorous look at the common misconceptions, stereotypes and daily challenges faced by the average American Muslim. A similar sketch first appeared on The Daily Show back in 2011. Later Muslim, inter-faith and civil rights organizations approached Mandvi to bring it back as a creative answer to the fight against the racism towards Muslims.
Mandvi has carefully chosen the topics he discusses through this comedy series after consulting the project’s Advisory Council which includes Center for New Community, ACCESS/National Network for Arab American Communities, Muslim Advocates, Auburn Seminary, and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).
“Through my work on The Daily Show, I saw how satire can open people’s eyes and shift perspectives on controversial topics,” Mandvi said in a statement, “With Halal in the Family I had a chance to create an all-American Muslim family dealing with common forms of ignorance and prejudice, resolving them – in classic sitcom fashion – by the end of each episode.”
Some of the themes addressed in the series include cyber bullying, surveillance, racial profiling, hate networks, media bias, and the exploitation of anti-Muslim prejudice for political gain. This show is bound to break barriers and we’re loving it! Keep it locked for more updates!