Comedy Central is adding another news satire series to its roster, greenlighting Mideast Minute for worldwide distribution via the network’s digital platform.
Created by writer, director and comedian Pardis Parker, who also stars, Mideast Minute is envisioned as “a news show that tries to convince Middle Easterners that everything’s OK in the Middle East.” The series will satirize U.S. propaganda efforts in the Middle East, particularly the Congress-funded Alhurra network. Established in 2004 to promote a U.S. point of view in the region, Alhurra has been plagued throughout its run by major, often embarrassing mistakes and has largely failed in its mission.
Parker’s short film The Dance won Best Comedy from the National Screen Institute of Canada among other accolades. His short Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns was selected for NBC Universal’s short film screening in New York. He’s repped by attorneys Patti Felker and Brian Agboh.