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'Halal in the Family' takes online swipe at anti-Muslim bias
by Lynn Elber
Aasif Mandvi is bringing the satire he's honed on "The Daily Show" to a sitcom parody with a serious goal: unraveling anti-Muslim prejudice.
The four-episode "Halal in the Family," starring Mandvi as the patriarch of an "all-American Muslim family," debuts April 9 on the humor website Funny or Die, the actor and writer said Thursday.
The episodes, five minutes each, use sitcom conventions to address issues including FBI surveillance of Muslims in America, cyberbullying and hate groups, and media bias, Mandvi said. Problems facing the Halal clan will be resolved, in classic sitcom fashion, by each episode's end.
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