Ali Hassan is a stand-up comedian, actor, and professional chef. He is the host of CBC’s Canada Reads as well as Laugh Out Loud. He is also a frequent guest host of q, CBC’s premier national arts and entertainment show. His comedy has been performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto’s JFL42. He is a Canadian Comedy Awards nominee, and his solo show, Muslim, Interrupted, was performed at the world’s largest comedy festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has appeared in three award-winning films, Breakaway, French Immersion, and as the memorable Lebanese Uncle Stevie in the hockey hit Goon, in addition to other film and TV roles, most recently CBC’s Run the Burbs. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his family. Follow him on Twitter @StandUpAli and find him at StandUpAli.com.
Kris and Nigel are two of the nicest and funniest people I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with on this podcast.
Bit Playas is a comedy series on CBC Gem/Amazon Prime created by Kris Siddiqi and Nigel Downer – two friends/actors that met while working at The Second City Toronto. Season One deals with Race, Nerd Culture, Dating, Marijuana and navigating the Canadian Entertainment scene as actors of color. The show originally came out December 2019 and was just released this past summer on Amazon Prime in the US and the UK.
Ali Hassan (Laugh Out Loud and Canada Reads) and Dave Merheje (Ramy and Mr D) release their comedy album We Ain’t Terrorists this Friday. It’s available on all streaming platforms from Howl and Roar Comedy Records.
Ali Hassan is a comedian who has delighted audiences around the world with quick wit and charm. And if you’re a fan of Canadian public radio you can also hear Ali on popular CBC Radio shows such as Laugh Out Loud, q, Canada Reads, As It Happens, Here and Now and many others.
My next guest is a stand-up comedian who has been touring across Canada and the U.S. for the past decade. His comedic style has often been described as energetic, diverse, and honest. He has been featured on the JFL42 Festival, NXNE Festival, and SiriusXM. His material draws from his experiences as an Egyptian immigrant growing up in Canada, various life struggles, and finding humor in the hardest of times.
Allison Dore is a renowned radio host, media personality and former comedian. Allison Dore will be launching Howl & Roar Records – a female-centric comedy record label aimed at empowering artists and facilitating the creation of content for women and underrepresented performers in comedy.
On September 19th in Toronto drop by the Bad Dog Theatre for the official launch party of Howl & Roar Records. For more information please visit Facebook.