Aasif helps Bobby run for high school class president with a little help from a new friend (The Daily Show's Samantha Bee) cousin Tariq (The Roots' Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter). more »
On this episode of Halal in the Family, Aasif helps Bobby run for high school class president with a little help from a new friend (The Daily Show's Samantha Bee) and cousin Tariq (The Roots' “Black Thought” Trotter). With Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards).
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Starring Aasif Mandvi as Aasif Qu’osby Sakina Jaffrey as Fatima Qu’osby Shoba Narayanan as Whitney Qu’osby Nicky Maindiratta as Bobby Qu’osby Written by Aasif Mandvi & Miles Kahn Co-Executive Producer Chan D. Booth Executive Producers Aasif Mandvi & Miles Kahn Executive Producer Lillian LaSalle Directed by Miles Kahn Associate Producer Chris G. Eleftheriades Associate Producers Mik Moore & Miriam Fogelson Chris & Amanda Wade Co-Producer Chris Marsh Casting By Lois Drabkin Editor Miles Kahn Cinematographer Rick Siegel Camera Operator Pat Casey Lawrence Roman Sage Obrera Camera Utility Charlie Metzger Camera Assistant/Media Mgr Vince Rappa Production Manager Rashi DeStefano Production Coordinator Aiden McClellan First Assistant Director Jermaine Sumra Second Assistant Director Kenny Willams Sound Mixer Rob Ellenberg Boom Operator/Sound Utility Sonam Grey Gaffer Nicola Guarmeri Best Boy Electric Sean Li Electrics Kelley Nesper Peter Vertefeuille Dylan Kaplowitz Electric PA Robert Moxley Production Designer Lenny Tso Production Designer’s Assistant Nikkiya Burke Leadman Miles Engulf Set Dresser Jessica Rogozzino Lead Carpenter Allan Haigh Carpenter Taylor Browning Art Assistant Eric Barrera Hair/Makeup Joanna “JoJo” Rodriguez Wardrobe Stylist Joanie Pony Courtney Button Assistant Wardrobe Alton Dulaney Assistant Editor Katie Ennis Motion Graphics Michael Hogan Title Design Dave Brubaker Web Design Adriel Luis Theme Song Co Produced and Mixed by Flavorlab Score Post Audio and Film Mix by Greg Arnold for nofat::creative Publicity Services BWR Public Relations Sunshine Sachs Accounting Services Stuart Gelwarg & Nicholas Famularo Altman, Greenfield and Selvaggi Production Legal Joshua Sandler & Bianca Grimshaw Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP “Just an Ordinary Family” Performed by Ken Gold & Lillian LaSalle Lyrics by Miles Kahn & David Javerbaum Music by Matthew Loren Cohen, Miles Kahn & David Hill Creative Consultants Chad Carter Stuart Miller Brennan Shroff Sara Taksler Production Assistants Dylan Allred Mohammad Ali Shan Javid Alexxis Banschbach Chris Dale Valentine Drelon Youssef Lahlou Ben Leong Ian Ludd Katie Maraghy Ysef Mars Rachel Moss Andrew Nakarni Lindsay Quella Brandon Stefanowitz Jake Wears Emily Wilson Special Thanks to: Kalia Abiade David Abramovich Madihha Ahussain Maynor Alas Deborah Axt Lara Bergthold Bonnie Bernstein Jeffrey Chassen Laura D’Abate Sarah Early Negin Farsad Jill Garvey Bruce Gellman Michael Goddard Mark Gordon Marla Haut Katharine Henderson Mahin Ibrahim Sahar Jahani Mohammad Ali Shan Javid Mary Kane Jill Kaplan Jennifer King Norman Lear Dean Obeidallah Christina Papadopoulos Shaifali Puri Naheed Qureshi Robert Radack Suman Raghunathan Linda Sarsour Jon Stewart Nina Shreiber Anna Strout Rachel Tiven Nadia Tonova Bassema Yousef We Also Wish to Thank: APM Music Atlantic Pictures Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice The Brennan Center The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Institute for Social Policy and Understanding Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) Mobile Video MTV’s Look Different Campaign Shoulder to Shoulder Viacom Halal in the Family was made possible with the incredibly generous support of these phenomenal organizations: Center for New Community ACCESS / National Network for Arab American Communities Southern Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Auburn Seminary Ford Foundation, Civil and Human Rights Unit Unbound Philanthropy Pillars Foundation Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program Muslim Advocates And the Nearly 500 Awesome People Who Donated on Indiegogo
We're just an ordinary family,
living in your town (but don't worry)
We like monster trucks and football, even though we're brown (we hate curry)
So welcome to our clan
We promise there's no plan
To change the way you live or how you pray
Because we're just here to obey
(Male Voice): Your various laws, and local ordinances
(Another Male Voice): What are you doing? We're not that kind of Muslims.
Nicky Maindiratta: In conclusion, therefore, I-I think I would make
a good class president because I can do things...
and because I'm an American Muslim.
Was it good?
Aasif Mandvi: Well, it is a very good first draft.
Sakina Jaffrey: And you said all the words.
Shoba Narayanan: Are you trying to win by boring everyone to death so
no one can vote for anyone else?
> Whitney Habib Qu'osby.
> Oh, she's right. It's no good. I just get so nervous, you know?
> Just speak from your heart.
> Exactly just downplay the Muslimy thing.
> He actually has a Muslim birth certificate, and white
people are obsessed with finding those things.
> Bobby just be yourself.
> Oh, I don't know.
> Maybe we should call Tariq.
> We don't need to call your cousin.
> He is a pro at this stuff.
> Look, I got an idea.
What this kid needs is a little pizzazz.
> Last time you said that you were arrested for sneaking an eagle into the
statue of liberty.
> And in my defense that would've made a great family holiday card.
Come on Bobby, lets make history.
> Fatima, we got this election in the bag. Check out this banner.
> What have you done?
> What have I done? What has Wendy done?
Wendy is an image consultant, and she has worked on some very high profile campaigns,
some of which she hasn't lost.
> Mrs. Q, Bobby is a natural.
> What is this supposed to mean, evil doers?
> Well would've you wanted to have gone to school with bunch of evil doers?
> Well no, but who's doing evil?
> Well, it could be anyone. That is the point.
> And what is this Bobby Q business?
> Branding! You're going to love it. Ok, so without further ado may
I present your future high school president, Mr. Bobby Q.
Put on the hat. Ok, now say the tagline.
> I will Bobby-Q my opponents to the gates of hell.
> Can I talk to you privately for a moment?
> Yeah. Isn't he great?
> This is not Bobby?
> Look, Wendy just wants Bobby to de-emphasize a few things, you know,
> Cousin Tariq is not going to like this.
> Ah, you didn't invite him did you?
> You better believe she did.
> Oh, hi cousin Tariq. Also known as Black Thought from The Roots.
> Aasif, what is all this?
> This is branding.
> Man you really done it this time.
Look Bobby, becoming a successful public figure isn't about changing who you are.
> No, I know that, but Wendy said if I read this speech promising to protect
the school from Sharia law then I'm a shoo-in.
> Who's implementing Sharia law at a high school?
> Well no one, but a vote for Bobby ensures it will stay that way.
> Lady, do you even know what Sharia law is?
> Ok, here's the thing, I don't, but I do know that it tests through the roof
if you say you're against it.
> Listen lady, I don't have time to teach you that Sharia law is a
broadly defined set of religious practices, and that it could never
become law in America because the U.S. Constitution supersedes all religious law.
> See, I feel like you did have time to actually teach me that.
> But I will tell you that people like you throw around these so called scary
Muslim terms like Sharia to convince everyone that we're some kind of bogeyman,
and that's not cool.
> Wow, this has been a very special episode,
> Look man, just speak your mind. You know, I mean like, why do you really
want to lead your class?
> Ok, here goes. I'm running for class president so that students of
all backgrounds can rally around what's really important, and what's most
important is that girls swim team practices should be open to the
public just like all the other team practices are.
> That's your platform?
> That's my boy.
> Woo, yeah!
(They chant): U.S.A, U.S.A,...
> Oh, Aasif.
> I want a divorce.
(end theme song plays)
> Are you trying to win by boring everyone to death so no one can vote
for anyone else?
> Whitney Habib...oh, shit.
> No-no, if you want to win at a campaign sometimes you got...
Look, if you want to be a winner you sometimes have to...shit.
> Put on the hat. Ok...oops. Nope, sorry. It went on backwards.
> Sharia law is a broadly defined set of religious practices.
> Wendy she said if I read this speech promising to protect...there's no speech