Ali Hassan (comedian)
Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Hassan studied business administration at McMaster University before launching his comedy career. Initially he ran his own catering business with the goal of becoming a television cooking show host, and began performing as a comedian to build his confidence. After two years performing as a comedian in Montreal, he was invited to perform as an opening act for Russell Peters at the inaugural Amman Stand-up Comedy Festival in Amman, Jordan. During this time, he also had supporting roles in the films Breakaway, French Immersion and Goon.
After moving to Toronto, Ontario in 2011, he began appearing regularly on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and continued performing as a touring comic. In 2013, he recorded his first comedy DVD, From Zero to Hero, in Montreal. In 2016, he performed his newest show, Muslim, Interrupted, at the Just for Laughs Festival.
- "A legacy of laughter". Montreal Gazette, April 17, 2014.
- "CBC Canada Reads 2017 announces longlist, including Katherena Vermette, Vivek Shraya, André Alexis". National Post, December 19, 2016.
- "Prodigal son, now a father, returns for more laughs; Comedian Ali Hassan comes back to Montreal to record first DVD". Montreal Gazette, November 14, 2013.
- "Comedian pulls double duty at TIFF". Etobicoke Guardian, September 9, 2011.
- "The funny side of being Muslim: Hassan explores his secular baggage in one-man show at Just For Laughs". Montreal Gazette, July 14, 2016.
- "Get ready for Canada Reads 2019!". CBC Books, December 7, 2018.
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