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Inside Move: Iraqi ministry of yuks

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.

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