The 2020 edition of the SXSW Conference and Festivals has announced the World Premiere of Chad in the Episodic Premieres category. Visit SXSW's program details page for additional screening information.

Nasim Padrad is an ex-SNL player with quite the workload on her new series Chad premiering on TBS later this year. Padrad servers as the show's star, as well as writer, episode director, and showrunner. I best remember Padrad with her celebrity impressions of Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj on SNL. In Chad, however, the comedian will be heading back to high a freshman boy! The trailer is hilarious, so be sure to check it out and let us know what you think. We'll be covering the World Premiere at SXSW, so be sure to join us on Twitter for live coverage.

Chad is a single-camera comedy starring Nasim Pedrad that follows a 14-year-old pubescent Persian boy (Pedrad) as he navigates his first year of high school on a mission to become popular. Chad's friendships and sanity are pushed to the limits as he uses every tactic at his disposal to befriend the cool kids, while enduring his mother's new dating life and reconciling with his cultural identity. Pedrad, who first made her mark on Saturday Night Live, is also creator, writer, executive producer and co-showrunner on Chad. The Iranian-American actress is joined by co-stars Ella Mika, as Chad’s younger sister; Saba Homayoon, as Chad’s mother; Paul Chahidi, playing a distant relative; Jake Ryan, playing Chad’s best friend and Alexa Loo, playing a classmate. Oly Obst (3 Arts) serves as executive producer along with Robert Padnick and Rob Rosell. Rhys Thomas executive produced and directed the pilot and will direct and executive produce multiple episodes this season. Hayes Davenport also executive produced the pilot and is a consulting producer on the series.

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Movie Reelist Contributor: Chris Giroux
Chris Giroux is founder and editor-in-charge at Movie Reelist, an entertainment news and review blog serving the most fanatic moviegoers. Chris started his publication in Detroit in 2010 and has since reviewed hundreds of films and interviewed numerous talent across the country. He is an avid film festival attendee and red carpet photographer, having shot the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bill Murray, Mark Hamill, and more. Chris grew up in New Mexico, where he studied mass media writing while working in post-production and multimedia authoring. It is also where he discovered Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York, resulting in an unhealthy Kurt Russell obsession.

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