Pardis Parker's writing and directing has appeared at over 150 film festivals worldwide and received over 80 awards and distinctions from the likes of Disney-ABC, NBCUniversal, the Toronto International Film Festival, Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the National Screen Institute of Canada.

As a comedian, he's been a six-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and finalist for Canada's Next Top Comic, performing at comedy clubs across Canada, the United States, and England.

As an actor, he was the first Canadian ever selected for the prestigious CBS Sketch Comedy Showcase, and he's 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 Press

"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..."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

Selected Awards & Distinctions

Disney-ABC Writing Fellowship


NBCUniversal Short Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

Emerging Filmmakers Spotlight Screening

Just For Laughs Film Festival

Best of Just For Laughs

Boston Comedy Festival

2nd Place
The Dance

National Screen Institute of Canada

Best Comedy
The Dance

CBC Short Film Face-Off


Athens International Film Festival

3rd Prize

Imago Film Festival

10th Anniversary Screening - Best of the Decade

Canadian Comedy Awards

Nominee: Best Director, Film
Two Men, Two Cows, Two Guns

Nominee: Best Writer, Film
The Dance

Nominee: Best Writer, Film

Nominee: Best Actor, Film
The Dance

Nominee: Best Actor, Film

Nominee: Best Stand-up Newcomer

Canada's Next Top Comic


Bite TV National Stand-up Comedy Competition