Zahid Ali

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Zahid Ali (born June 30, 1977) is a Norwegian stand-up comedian. He is known for his participation in the TV2 show "Rikets Røst", which is hosted by Otto Jespersen. After the publicity this show resulted in, he has become a popular comedian and actor. In 2006 Ali, who is of Pakistani descent, gathered almost all of the most popular comedians in Norway to raise money for relief work in Pakistan after the earthquake disaster that year. All the money raised was donated to the Embassy of Pakistan and was used to build a new school in Kashmir.

In December 2006, Ali appeared in the series Jul i Tøyengata on Norwegian channel TVNorge, playing the lead role as shoe repairman Ali. The series was an Advent-calendar-type series, aired daily up until December 24. It was a spoof of an original children's Christmas series in Norway, Jul i Skomakergata. In 2010 Ali received the Brobyggerprisen, a Norwegian prize for building relations between immigrants and Norwegian natives. His work is also about fighting prejudice. Zahid Ali has also toured with his stand-up show "Zahid Ali-live" and often appears in corporate videos. He acted in the 2005 film Izzat and the television series Hellfjord.[1]

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