Uncle Saaajiid: Live from the Internet
This is a self-made Talk-Show. It is written, directed and edited by Saaajiid. He is your classic weird uncle from Brampton who means well, but dreams of becoming the next Jimmy Fallon.
With over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, Darrell Faria is a triple threat: director, actor, and comedian.
He recently completed his 3rd digital series as a director for CBC Gem. His past works have been recognized and nominated for East Coast Music Awards as well as T.O. Webfest Awards. As well, as a creator, Darrell is ‘in development’ for two of his own shows.
As an actor, Darrell was the head instructor at the Mississauga Youth Theatre for 5 years while studying in school as filmmaker. Some of his acting credits include his Entertainment Weekly cited performance in Hallmark’s “The Santa Suit” and the branded-content series “Fare Trade” where he played the leading role for Bunz and Bell Media.
But perhaps his most on-the-map presence is as his comedy/rap persona: Chai-T. Chai-T is a fictional rap character that Darrell created. In the vein of Ali G or Borat, Chai-T exists in the ‘real-world’. Chai-T performs all over Toronto: from Comedy Bar to The Great Hall, while creating the illusion of a real rapper on his social media. He’s had viral success for his “Drake’s Best Friend” campaign (Buzzfeed, BlogTO, Flo 93.5, etc.) with rap and viral video views in the 55k-72k range on Facebook, Insta, etc. Chai-T’s latest project: rap-reviewing Season 3 of “This Is Us” engaged many cast members, writers, directors and producers of the hit NBC show. Chai-T gave a high-energy opening performance at “Rapp Battlez 100”, which was noted as one of the “Top 5 live comedy shows of 2018” by Now Magazine.
In 2015 Darrell was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Performance in Digital Media. In 2016 he was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award in the same category.
This is Darrell’s 2nd Filmi and he frickin’ LOVES Filmi. He’s so honoured, proud and grateful to screen his work in a festival that celebrates the nuanced voices of South Asian artists. Bless up Filmi!