Comic mouthpiece finds new voice in media
Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, the former Iraqi Minister for Information better known as “Comical Ali,” is fast becoming an entertainment commodity.
Al-Sahaf achieved cult status after issuing a string of outlandish assertions and threats in daily briefings to journalists during the Iraq War.
Now, a spoof biographical DVD is selling like hot cakes, he’s landed a gig as a TV commentator and plans are afoot for a sitcom loosely based on his relationship with Saddam Hussein.
After the fall of Baghdad, Al-Sahaf turned himself in to U.S. troops, but was allowed to settle in the United Arab Emirates.
Last July, U.K. home entertainment publisher Revolver Entertainment released “Comical Ali: The Icon” a mock docu that has turned into an unexpected hit.
And Al-Sahaf has re-emerged as a commentator for satellite news channel Abu Dhabi TV. Perhaps aware of the need to distance himself from his last job, al-Sahaf died his hair black and has swapped his military fatigues for a somber suit and tie.
Determined to ride the wave of publicity, Revolver is developing a sitcom based on al-Sahaf and is still looking into distribution for the “Comical Ali” DVD in Iraq.