Bio

Pardis Parker on the set of Snow, Photo Credit: Holly Crooks

Pardis Parker's short films and music videos, including The Dance, Afghan, and Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns, have screened at over 150 film festivals worldwide, and have received over 80 awards and distinctions from the likes of NBC/Universal, the Toronto International Film Festival, Just for Laughs, the Boston Comedy Festival, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the National Screen Institute of Canada.

A six-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and a finalist for Canada's Next Top Comic, he performs at comedy clubs across the United States and Canada, and has recently been seen on ABC's Combat Hospital, CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie, The Family Channel's Really Me, and Showcase's Single White Spenny and Moderation Town.

And he likes blueberries. Not eating them, but just, you know, as a concept.

Selected Awards and Distinctions

NBC/Universal Short Cuts Film Festival
Semi-Finalist (Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns)
Toronto International Film Festival
Emerging Filmmakers Spotlight Screening (Afghan)
Just For Laughs Film Festival
Best of Just For Laughs (Afghan)
Boston Comedy Festival
2nd Place (The Dance)
National Screen Institute of Canada
Best Comedy (The Dance)
CBC Short Film Face-Off
Finalist (Afghan)
Athens International Film Festival
3rd Prize (Afghan)
Canadian Comedy Awards
Nominee: Pardis Parker – Best Direction, Film (Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns)
Nominee: Pardis Parker – Best Writing, Film (The Dance)
Nominee: Pardis Parker – Best Writing, Film (Afghan)
Nominee: Pardis Parker – Best Performance by a Male, Film (The Dance)
Nominee: Pardis Parker – Best Performance by a Male, Film (Afghan)
Nominee: Pardis Parker – Best Stand-up Newcomer
Canada’s Next Top Comic
Finalist
Bite TV National Stand-up Comedy Competition
Finalist

Selected Press

USA Today

Roger Ebert - Ebert Club Newsletter, #201 January 8, 2014

Indiewire | The Playlist - Watch: Office Romance Blooms In Cute, Award-Winning Short Film 'The Dance'

BuzzFeed - Whose Christmas Sweater Is Uglier: Sarah Silverman Or Michael Cera?

Upworthy - Racists Spray-Paint A Comedian's Car. They Shouldn't Have Done That.

Indiewire | Thompson on Hollywood - Silent Film Trend: ‘The Dance’ Wins National Screen Institute of Canada’s Best Comedy Award

Playback - NSI announces online short film fest winners

Glamour - Happy Tuesday: A Sweet Little Movie AND an Adorable Guy to Crush On. (You’re Welcome)

Jezebel - Watch This Short Film About Young Love and Feel Things

Gawker - Ugly Racist Act Inspires Beautiful Short Film

GQ Spain | Las Horas Perdidas - 7ª Jornada del Festival Internacional de Cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (PDF)

The Coast – Best Halifax Ambassador

CTV News - Halifax film scores big with audiences, film critics

The Chronicle Herald – Filmmaker Parker ready to Dance at film fest Sunday

The Coast - TIFF to highlight Nova Scotia talent

The Coast - Pardis Parker makes finals of Stand Up & Bite Me

The Coast - Pardis Parker's busy life

The Chronicle Herald - Multi-talented filmmaker readying his next short (PDF)

Variety - Film Reviews - Snow

The Chronicle Herald - Halifax film named festival semi-finalist (PDF)

The Chronicle Herald - Halifax comedian finalist for Canada's Next Top Comic (PDF)

Yahoo News - Haligonian could be Next Top Comic

MSN News - Halifax film earns 3 awards at U.S. fest

The Chronicle Herald – Parker up for four comedy awards (PDF)

The Coast - Pardis Parker fights real pain with really good comedy

Haligonian chooses comedy over health food

Local funnyman first Canadian picked for CBS showcase

It's Pardis Parker time!

The Chronicle Herald - N.S. comedian wins spot in CBS showcase (PDF)

Press

USA Today - Web to Watch: 'The Dance' is in the spotlight
Spinoff Online - Pardis Parker Choreographs The Dance
Marvin - The Dance: Un corto silente de romance oficinista
Roger Ebert - Ebert Club Newsletter - #201 January 8, 2014
Heroes and Heartbreakers - Pardis Parker’s The Dance is Romance at its Sweetest
Indiewire | The Playlist - Watch: Office Romance Blooms In Cute, Award-Winning Short Film 'The Dance'
TV Guide - Top Videos
Serial Optimist - Stand Up to Cancer Ugly Sweater Campaign
BuzzFeed - Whose Christmas Sweater Is Uglier: Sarah Silverman Or Michael Cera?
TubeFilter - JASH’s Christmas Sweaters Are Fighting Cancer With Their Ugliness
College Movie Review - Comedians Compete in Ugly Sweater Contest for SU2C
The Wrap - Anne Hathaway, Elijah Wood, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West in This Week's Party Report (Photos)
MSN - Anne Hathaway, Elijah Wood, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West in This Week's Party Report
Yahoo! OMG South Africa - Anne Hathaway, Elijah Wood, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West in This Week's Party Report
PopStop TV - Rainn Wilson, BJ Novak, Mike O'Malley and More Show Up For 'Comedy For a Cause' Benefiting Hollywood Wilshire YMCA!
Broadway World - Rainn Wilson, Mike O'Malley & More Set for Hollywood Wilshire YMCA's Comedy for a Cause
The Chronicle Herald - The vision of movie sound
Serial Optimist - Interview With The Multi-Talented LOL'R Pardis Parker
National Screen Institute - NSI programs short film lineup at Gimli Film Festival
Ecran Noir - L'instant Court: The Dance, un court-metrage de Pardis Parker
The Chronicle Herald - Pardis Parker's film The Dance wins its 18th award (PDF)
BRKFREE - Would you like some love with that hate?
Bones Rodriguez - 3 things that don't mix: An Arab, A Camera, and a Sense of Humor
Upworthy - Racists Spray-Paint A Comedian's Car. They Shouldn't Have Done That.
Indiewire | Thompson on Hollywood - Silent Film Trend: 'The Dance' Wins National Screen Institute of Canada's Best Comedy Award
Playback - NSI announces online short film fest winners
National Screen Institute - Tommy, The Provider & The Dance pick up awards in the NSI Online Short Film Festival
The Chronicle Herald - Parker's The Dance chosen for national short film festival (PDF)
Davetopia - Voyeurs of Destruction as Beauty
National Screen Institute - New in this week’s NSI Online Short Film Festival: an adventurous turtle and an office love affair
Glamour - Happy Tuesday: A Sweet Little Movie AND an Adorable Guy to Crush On. (You’re Welcome)
The Chronicle Herald - Parker film The Train wins festival award (PDF)
Fierce and Nerdy - 'The Dance' [Procrastinate on This]
Films de Lover - Court-métrage de Lover: 'The Dance' de Pardis Parker.
Padjaklubi - Armastusfilm
Daily of the Day - The Dance by Pardis Parker
Jezebel - Watch This Short Film About Young Love and Feel Things
Bite.ca - The Train
KVLT Magazine - Film Pendek 'Afghan' Melawan Rasisme Dengan Pintar
Rugidos - Afghan by Pardis Parker
Project Dre LA - Go Home Arab!
Pop.Roc - Now Playing: Afghan
PCP Media - Great work deserves great Accolades
The Tasneem Project - Afghan
Islamophobia Today - Ugly Racist Act Inspires Beautiful Short Film
Loonwatch - Ugly Racist Act Inspires Beautiful Short Film
The Teradactyl - Welcome Home
Gawker - Ugly Racist Act Inspires Beautiful Short Film
Bite.ca - The Dance
Viral Mixtape - Pardis Parker - The Dance
Brilliant Star - Stargazer - Pardis Parker
NOW Magazine - Busker Fest, Canadian Comedy Award nominees, Hands Off the School House shelter, and everything else on in Toronto on Thursday
The Coast - Shorts weather - Humanity International Film Festival winners
No More Laters - Fun: The Laugh Factory
The Chronicle Herald - Too much music this holiday (PDF)
The Chronicle Herald - Picnicface eating up the industry recognition (PDF)
Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival - Nominees
The Comedy Network - Canadian Comedy Awards | Nominees
The Comic's Comic - Nominees for the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards
The Comedy Killers - Canadian Comedy Awards 2012 - nominees announced!
Bite.ca - Nominees Announced For The Canadian Comedy Awards
Third Beat Magazine - 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards Nominees
Chino Kino - 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards - nominations
Throng - Canadian Comedy Awards Nominees
The Annekenstein Monster - Rob's 7-Word Reviews of some IMAF Short Films
ONRPEI.ca - The Island Media Arts Festival Opening Night Screening
Matinee - 5 Great short films you can watch in the next hour
Movie Review Warehouse - Best of the 2012 Indie Spirit Film Festival
The Elgin Courier-News - Judson film fest steps onto national stage
GQ Spain | Las Horas Perdidas - 7ª Jornada del Festival Internacional de Cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (PDF)
UoBlogfest - Flatpack Festival presents: Salon des Refusés
Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Canadian movie examines impact of disaster
The Local Q - YP Quincy's Big Dam Film Festival
The Local Q - 'Shorts' featured at Film Fest
Quincy Herald-Whig - Big Dam Film Festival gets right to the point with short films
Short Cuts Podcast - Episode 11: Pardis Parker
The Coast - Best Halifax Ambassador
East Coast Kitchen Party - Pardis Parker - A Rising Star from the Halifax Indie Film Scene
Monterey County Weekly - Pardis Parker's 'The Dance' is a Short Film with Wide Appeal
Nova Scotia | Come to Life - Featured Nova Scotian - Pardis Parker
Green Carbon - SNOB Film Festival Reviews by Sam
The Coast - Diversity Film Festival to happen this week
CBC Radio - Trail's End
Playback - Who Loves the Sun named best feature at Film North
The Chronicle Herald - Melski lands quad at film fest (PDF)
CTV News - Halifax film scores big with audiences, film critics
Zombies Ate Lauren - AFF Day 3 and 4
The Chronicle Herald - Filmmaker Parker ready to Dance at film fest Sunday
The Coast - Film Fest Reviews | Atlantic Film Festival
The Coast - The deal with Picnicface
The Chronicle Herald - N.S. takes centre stage at TIFF (PDF)
The Coast - TIFF to highlight Nova Scotia talent
National Post - Celebrate Canada Day with Colin Mochrie and some biting stand-up
The Chronicle Herald - Halifax's Pardis Parker makes standup comedy finals (PDF)
The Coast - Pardis Parker makes finals of Stand Up & Bite Me
Bite.ca - Pardis Parker Is Judges Choice For Stand Up & Bite Me Round 3
Humber Happenings - Lakeshorts Passports
Horrorphilia - Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns (2009) Short Film Review
The Coast - Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns now online
Glen Matthews - Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns
The Coast - Pardis Parker's busy life
The Chronicle Herald - Multi-talented filmmaker readying his next short (PDF)
The Coast - Hey Rosetta!'s The Year You Were Born video gets into NSI Online Short Film Fest
CinemaSinema - Tallahassee Film Festival - Friday
Next Projection - Review: Snow *ReelWorld Screening*
The Coast - Pardis Parker scores again with Afghan and Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns
The Davis Enterprise - Davis Film Festival features another side of Speck
The Courier-News - Oscar nominee is tops locally
Variety - Film Reviews - Snow
The Coast - Jackson, Bankson, Parker nab nods
The Local Q - An interview with Pardis Parker
Remaindered - Derby City
The Ville Voice - 2011 Derby City Film Fest Nominees Named
Indy Film News - Finalists and Acting Nominations for the 2011 Derby City Film Festival Announced
The Chronicle Herald - 2010 - The Honour Roll (PDF)
Louisville.com - Selections Made for Derby City Film Festival
Bowling Green Daily News - The Derby City Film Festival Announces Selections For The 2011 Festival held in February
Vimooz - 2011 Derby City Film Festival Announces Selections
The Coast - Town without TV
The Unstoppable Colossus - Interview: Comedian Pardis Parker
The Chronicle Herald - Volunteers, innovators get GO awards (PDF)
Halifax Magazine - Ready, set, go
Canadian Immigrant Magazine - Top Comic
The Chronicle Herald - Halifax film named festival semi-finalist (PDF)
The Chronicle Herald - Halifax comedian finalist for Canada's Next Top Comic (PDF)
Yahoo! Canada News - Haligonian could be Next Top Comic (PDF)
Metro News - Haligonian could be Next Top Comic
The Coast - Pardis Parker on Implants and awards
National Post - Canadian short film wins big at festival
The Chronicle Herald - Halifax film wins awards at U.S. fest (PDF)
MSN News - Halifax film earns 3 awards at U.S. fest
CBC News - Halifax film earns 3 awards at U.S. fest
Sympatico.ca News - Halifax film earns 3 awards at U.S. fest
Yahoo! Canada News - Local film gets 3 nods at film fest
Haligonia.ca - Local film gets 3 nods at film fest
Metro News - Local film gets 3 nods at film fest
Midtown Montgomery Living - Montgomery Film Festival
A Heart in New York - Review: Montgomery Film Festival 2: This time its personal.
The Springhill Record - Making music
Faces Magazine - Pardis Parker (PDF)
CBC Radio - The Debaters
The Chronicle Herald - Parker up for four comedy awards (PDF)
CBC.ca - Less Than Kind leads comedy nominees
TheComedyNetwork.ca - 2010 Canadian Comedy Awards Nominees Announced
Canadian Comedy Awards - Nominees
The Coast - Pardis Parker's Afghan scores another award
The Chronicle Herald - Parker film Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns is No. 2 (PDF)
Festacular Blogomatic - Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns, dir. Pardis Parker
The Coast - Pardis Parker fights real pain with really good comedy
The Chronicle Herald - Laughing Matters (PDF)
The Chronicle Herald - Comedian Parker performs at London film premiere (PDF)
The Comedy Digest - The Infidel: How to tell a religious joke?
The Ottawa Citizen - Which religion is funniest? Movie's online contest pokes fun at them all
The Daily Telegraph - Which is the funniest religion? Omid Djalili and David Baddiel talk to Dominic Cavendish about their daring new comedy 'The Infidel'.
Where | Halifax - Wise guys: The hottest names in Canadian comedy take the stage at the Halifax Comedy Fest
CBC.ca - Warm Up with Laughter this Winter with the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest on CBC Television Beginning Jan. 12 at 9:30 p.m.
The London Free Press - Next in line - Pardis Parker is poised to join the ranks of Canadian comics who made it big south of the border
The Kingston Whig Standard - Next in line - Pardis Parker is poised to join the ranks of Canadian comics who made it big south of the border
The Sudbury Star - Next in line - Pardis Parker is poised to join the ranks of Canadian comics who made it big south of the border
The Toronto Sun - Haligonian chooses comedy over health food
The Ottawa Sun - Haligonian chooses comedy over health food
The Calgary Sun - Haligonian chooses comedy over health food
The Edmonton Sun - Haligonian chooses comedy over health food
The Winnipeg Sun - Haligonian chooses comedy over health food
24 Hours Vancouver - Haligonian chooses comedy over health food
Metro News - Local funnyman first Canadian picked for CBS showcase
The Coast - It's Pardis Parker time!
The Chronicle Herald - N.S. comedian wins spot in CBS showcase (PDF)
The Coast - Halifax comedy on the laugh track
Montreal Gazette - Iran situation is no joke for this comic
Faces Magazine - Yuk Yuk's Comedy Pics (PDF)
Canadian Immigrant Magazine - Humour versus hatred - Sri Lankan immigrant creates films that express different cultural experiences
CBC Radio - In the Arts - Interview (RealAudio)
Southender Magazine - Viewfinders International Film Festival for Youth (PDF)
ViewFinders - ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth Screens Largest Ever Number of Youth-Made Films to Date
The Coast - CBC TV's Short Film Face-off follies
Workprint - The Slate (PDF)
The Shpiel - Dwell on them for too long, and these punch lines will hurt