Halal can be hilarious.

CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie was already getting big laughs before it debuted last night from an Ottawa-based Muslim group who called it stereotype-busting and just plain funny.

A local comic behind a show dubbed We Ain’t Terrorists expected it to be full of yuks, too.

Karl Nickner, of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, got an advance screening of the sitcom set in the fictional Saskatchewan town of Mercy and called it a good attempt at showing Canada’s diversity.

Just as important, added Nickner, “I thought it was funny.”

He hopes non-Muslims won’t miss some of the jokes, like when a denizen of Mercy overhears the imam talk about washing bodies in the basement and thinks it’s a murder plot. It’s traditional for Muslim families to wash their loved ones before burial.


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