Zarqa Nawaz, creator and writer of the groundbreaking show, insists she's an equal-opportunity satirist taking dead-aim at both Muslim and Canadian stereotypes in a post-September 11 world.
"I expect both groups will be wondering if the other finds the show funny," says Nawaz. There are predictable jokes about Muslim beliefs clashing with Canadian traditions. In one scene, a father wearing a kufi, or a knitted cap worn by devout Muslims, protests that his Canadian-born daughter wearing a revealing tank top looks "like a Protestant."
"Don't you mean prostitute?" the daughter asks.
"No, I meant a Protestant," the father replies.
In another scene, a young man of Middle Eastern origins with a Canadian accent is heard in an airport check-in line telling his mother via cell phone that his father shouldn't think his choosing to stop being a Toronto lawyer to become an imam in Saskatchewan amounts to career "suicide."
"This is Allah's plan for me," the young man says in passing, before an arresting cop appears suddenly and tells the surprised lawyer that he won't be making that appointment in Paradise.
والآن لدينا فكرة جديدة لمسلسل تلفزيوني من 30 حلقة يعرض في شهر رمضان القادم، يحكي قصة عائلة مسيحية (لم نحدد جنسيتها بعد) تنتقل للعيش في الكويت وتحاول مع عائلات مسيحية أخرى إقامة كنيسة صغيرة في إحدى مناطق الكويت (أيضاً لم نحدد المنطقة بعد)، وما في ذلك من دراما خفيفة وهادفة ومشاهد فكاهية تموّت من الضحك مع نواب مجلس الأمة وأعضاء المجلس البلدي، والمعروف عنهم خفة الدم وروح المرح والدعابة