Pardis Parker is the creator and star of Comedy Central's Mideast Minute in the US, and a correspondent and writer for CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes in Canada.
As a performer, he's a six-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee, a frequent guest on Comedy Central's @midnight, a stand-up comedian who's headlined comedy clubs and small theatres across Canada, the United States, and England, and an actor who's appeared on shows for ABC, CBS, CBC, Showcase, Family Channel, and others. Repeatedly lauded for his "big, expressive eyes," GQ Spain anointed him a "brown Steve Carell," Radio Canada dubbed him a "modern Mr. Bean," the Toronto Sun hailed him as Canada's next great comedy talent - the "next in line" after Mike Myers and Jim Carrey - and the Kingston Herald described him on stage as a "veteran performer who's at ease as he hilariously interacts with the audience, making it feel as though you're hanging out with a really funny friend."
As a filmmaker, his short films and music videos have received over 80 awards and distinctions from the likes of Disney-ABC, NBC Universal, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Athens International Film Festival, Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Comedy Awards, and the National Screen Institute of Canada. The Playlist called him an "up and coming talent on the Canadian film scene," Film School Rejects said his work was "riotously funny, with a narrative flair that makes one hope he has a feature coming soon," CinemaSinema lauded his ability to "squeeze more heart from an 11 minute short film than many Hollywood directors can muster from feature length pictures," and Radio Canada gushed that he was "a kind of Seth MacFarlane - someone extremely multi-talented who can write, direct, and act."
As a writer, his work has been published by The New Yorker and McSweeney's.
"SCTV, in the 1970s, helped create John Candy, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Rick Moranis and Lorne Michaels. Then came Dan Aykroyd, Dave Thomas, Mike Myers, all the guys from the Kids in the Hall, Howie Mandel, Russell Peters - and Jim Carrey. Now there is another, brand new guy. His name is Pardis Parker."
"Pardis Parker is poised to join the ranks of Canadian comics who made it big south of the border."
"The veteran performer was at ease as he hilariously interacted with the audience, making it feel as though you were hanging out with a really funny friend."
"Halifax comedian Pardis Parker's bio reads like an adventure novel. He was born in Sri Lanka, moved to Nova Scotia as a child, caught malaria while volunteering in the Solomon Islands and had to be airlifted out of heavy ethnic fighting. The last few years, he's been honing that breadth of experience into filmmaking and standup comedy, to steadily growing acclaim."
"I grew up in the 80s watching a lot of television, so the first movies that made an impact on me were the live action Sunday Night Disney Movies on ABC. I loved those films. They instilled in me the belief that anything was possible.."
"One time he even managed to convince his grade six teacher to show a tape of Jeremy Hotz and Harland Williams JFL performances to the entire class."
"Parker has a sharp, smart tone."
"Sri Lankan-born comedian Pardis Parker sees his family's history as asylum seekers to Canada as key in shaping his worldview and informing his political satire."
"I look at what's happening and my only reaction is being filled with encouragement and hope. Look at the decision and the immediate and overwhelming response from everyone in the country — not just people who have my skin color, not just people who have my cultural background. The immediate reaction from the country was one of support and defiance. It was coming together to raise their voices on our behalf. This thing that was meant to divide actually had the opposite effect. It led to an outpouring of love. "
"Things went quickly for me early on, but the move to Los Angeles brought with it a shocking string of almost-but-not-quites, and of flat-out rejections and failures. So it just took perseverance, and the willingness to keep getting back up off the mat. In many ways it was a game of attrition, of outlasting others who more readily gave up."
"Pardis Parker wrote, directed and produced this short silent movie, and it's being shown Thursday at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood."
"...well worth your time for a glimpse of this up and coming talent on the Canadian film scene."
"There are three unassailably awesome things in this world...this video has all three."
"Comedians are always getting in trouble for going too far, but don't mistake filmmaker Pardis Parker for being cavalier. This isn't about trying to be shocking; it's about connecting."
"The dialogue-free love story has won several awards, and signals the continuing trend of silent films following The Artist's Oscar win in 2012 and Paperman's Oscar win for Best Animated Short in 2013."
"Parker's timing and body language in The Dance was exceptional."
"So adorable. It's won a whole slew of film awards, and it will make you smile without saying a word."
"A very adorable short film about sweet, sweet love and it'll make your heart sing."
"The award-winning short tells the story of a hate crime victim forced to look for humor where none should be found."
"...que no solo fue el corto mas corto de la noche con su duracion de 10 minutos, es que ademas fue EL MEJOR, con su protagonista una especie de Steve Carell moreno..."
"The Dance has only been screening at festivals for two weeks but it has already received a handful of awards and distinctions and attracted big crowds at the Atlantic Film Festival."
"The Carmel Film Festival in California has added the film to its Best of Shorts program, from which Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood selects the festival's best film each year."
"a number of quality shorts made in Nova Scotia will be programmed at the Toronto International Film Festival this year...a spotlight Screening of Nova Scotia emerging talent."
"Pardis Parker (of acting, writing and directing fame) advanced to the finals of Bite TV's Stand Up & Bite Me competition."
"His award-magnet short Afghan is still garnering attention on the US film festival circuit, and a video he shot for Halifax band MIR took home the jury award for Best Music Video at the recent Rincon International Film Festival in Puerto Rico."
"Parker's two previous short films have picked up awards at festivals in Canada and the United States over the last couple of years."
"Buoyed by effective perfs from a largely non-pro cast."
"Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns is one of nine semi-finalists in NBC Universal's Short Film Festival."
"Halifax comedian Pardis Parker has been named as a finalist for Canada's Next Top Comic."
"Good news is coming fast and furious for Halifax comic Pardis Parker."
"The six-minute comedy Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns won best film, best comedy and an audience award."
"Pardis Parker received four Canadian Comedy Award nominations Tuesday."
"Parker's work displays a wide range of emotion, and occasionally he addresses darker issues."
"Everything's coming up sunshine for Halifax filmmaker-actor-comedian Pardis Parker. He's down in Los Angeles for CBS's annual industry showcase. Over 3,000 performers were considered, but only 13 made the cut."
"Pardis Parker, an award-winning filmmaker, standup comedian and actor, has become the first Canadian ever selected to participate in CBS's prestigious comedy showcase. More than 3,000 performers were considered for the 13 available spots."
Just For Laughs Film Festival
Best of Just For Laughs
Athens International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Emerging Filmmakers Spotlight Screening
National Screen Institute of Canada
Boston Comedy Festival