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The Saaajiid Network

A Doc-Style show follows out-of-touch Saaajiid's attempt to reach a Seacrest-Level of Media-Moguldom

Toronto, ON
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6.52 (187)

Week #1 Show Teaser The Saaajiid Network

Saaajiid's Audition tape to be Ryan Seacrest's co-host.

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Synopsis

East-Indian-Canadian, Saaajiid (40) abandons his non-rewarding job (brain surgery) to commit himself to his generationally and culturally flawed passion: all things tabloid, gossip and celebrity.

At the end of the pilot he gains network support but only because (unbeknownst to Saaajiid) the network is collecting footage for their cruel reality show: “Canada’s Worst Host Ever”.

In scripted doc-style, a brave, aloof character endures social-rejection from a culture he loves. The clash-of-context aesthetic (ie "Ali G”) reveals a loveable and relatable underdog story. His commitment to hard-work and Saaajiid's true-nature (ie. “Derek”) will test and satirize a notoriously heartless industry.

Team

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Darrell Faria

Talent, Creator

Darrell Faria is a Commercial Director (incl. MuchFACT, FACTOR) with roots in Acting and Comedy. He performs sketch & stand-up as his Rap alias “Chai-T” (Funny or Die). His education includes a B.F.A. from Ryerson, The Second City and the Whoopi Goldberg school of “if-you-want-to-be-somebody-if-you-wanna-go-somewhere-you-better-wake-up-and-pay-attention" a la Sister Act 2.

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Aaron Kopff

Producer, Writer

Aaron Kopff (Producer/Director) has founded 2 production companies: ELECTRIC TRAIN PRODUCTIONS (Narrative/Commercial) w/ credits incl. Sesame Street, Much/BravoFACT, etc., & ARTIST BLOC: a Documentary/Performance Arts collective where artists express in alternative media (Feist, Bloc Party, Broken Social Scene). All this being said, his girlfriend is WAY out of his league.

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Jeremy Doiron

Writer, Producer

Jeremy is a Writer and Story Editor who began writing for stage and transitioned to screenplays. He’s collaborated with WANGO Films on 5 distributed feature films (Canada, US, Russia, Spain, Germany) most notably “Skyscraper”, which he penned. He's also an AMAZING producer (that’s when you’re super good at picking out fresh produce at the grocery store, right?).

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Ratings & Reviews

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Reviews (25)

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    Sue S.
    posted 3 years ago

    Just a bit weak for my taste. But good luck as I like the concept. Congrats on making the top fifty five list
  • Sasha's Photo

    Sasha S.
    posted 3 years ago

    Hilarious. Original. So so good.
  • Andrew's Photo

    Andrew L.
    posted 3 years ago

    Pulled me in. Interested to see where it goes. Basically he gets the gig or he doesn't... Nice dance moves.
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    Manuel P.
    posted 3 years ago

    I really like some of the moments in Saaajiid's videos. There's a lot here in what he says and doesn't say that comes through in his expressions. Also great to see some diversity on screen. Good luck! Great project.
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    Robert Y.
    posted 3 years ago

    Reminiscent of Raj Binder (Shawn Majumber). Could be interesting if they can carry it to the next level
  • Sybil's Photo

    Sybil P.
    posted 3 years ago

    So funny! It's very nice to see some diverse faces in this competition. I wish you all the best in the running for Comedy Coup! Good luck Saaajiid!
  • Jon's Photo

    Jon A.
    posted 3 years ago

    Good camera work. Great cuts = better comedic timing. And that lead ... there's just something about him. 'My sweaters are quite long.' His non sequiturs just make me chuckle for some reason. Good job!
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    Matt E.
    posted 3 years ago

    Aw yyyeahhh....
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    alberta b.
    posted 3 years ago

    nice!
  • Jenn's Photo

    Jenn P.
    posted 3 years ago

    I love this character. Crazy how just one person can pull the viewer in and make them laugh/feel sorry for them at the same time. I can definitely see the potential in this, and how it could easily go on for multiple seasons. There's really something special about Saaajiid, and I hope he makes it to the top 50 so we get to meet more of him!
  • Russ's Photo

    Russ V.
    posted 3 years ago

    Could be better. 9.0
  • Chris's Photo

    Chris M.
    posted 3 years ago

    Love this!
  • Cap'n Dave's Photo

    Cap'n Dave S.
    posted 3 years ago

    Y
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    Dylan O.
    posted 3 years ago

    He reminds me of Peter Sellers in the Party. I would watch this show. In fact, I would vote for him if he decided to run for Mayor of Toronto.
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    Ron K.
    posted 3 years ago

    i think this is really funny stuff! great team!
  • Susan's Photo

    Susan H.
    posted 3 years ago

    So bad
  • Tim's Photo

    Tim T.
    posted 3 years ago

    I love this show already because it it exactly like my show that I never did get to make. I am jealous and I and not fond of you all. Sorry, I am just a little emotional right now. I LOVE YOU! Serious, I do love you.
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    Lisa-Marie H.
    posted 3 years ago

    hahaha
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    shelley q.
    posted 3 years ago

    Pretty funny
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    Aaron K.
    posted 3 years ago

    thumbs mostly up
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    Mikaela D.
    posted 3 years ago

    This is great. You guys are really nailing this tone and there's a lot of fun to be had. I hope you do this, comedy coup or no.
  • Christopher's Photo

    Christopher H.
    posted 3 years ago

    Great character. I want to live in the universe where Saaajiid is hosting reality tv.
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    Jesse M.
    posted 3 years ago

    I like this character. Awesome job.

    -Jesse from 'Shirts'
  • Daniel's Photo

    Daniel S.
    posted 3 years ago

    LOVE the MJ!!!
  • Brent's Photo

    Brent M.
    posted 3 years ago

    The dancing was pretty excellent. I zoned out a bit in the middle (happens easy to me) with the list of celebrities. I'd want to know a bit more about this character--right now he seems like a pretty tired cliche--what else is interesting about him? Also, do you know Busta Rhymes, or how did you get the rights to Pass the Courvoisier? The n-word was a little jarring/unnecessary. I guess it's supposed to contrast with him being a nerdy fool? Anyway, not super into it right now, want to see more sides of this character.
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