Ali Hassan (comedian)

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Ali Hassan is a Canadian comedian, best known as the host of CBC Radio One's weekly comedy program Laugh Out Loud[1] and as the moderator of CBC Radio's annual Canada Reads competition since 2017.[2]

Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick and raised in Montreal, Quebec,[3] Hassan studied business administration at McMaster University before launching his comedy career.[3] 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.[4] 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.[4] During this time, he also had supporting roles in the films Breakaway, French Immersion and Goon.[3]

After moving to Toronto, Ontario in 2011,[4] he began appearing regularly on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and continued performing as a touring comic.[5] In 2013, he recorded his first comedy DVD, From Zero to Hero, in Montreal.[3] In 2016, he performed his newest show, Muslim, Interrupted, at the Just for Laughs Festival.[5]

In addition to his regular roles with CBC Radio, he is a frequent guest host of Q.[6]


  1. ^ "A legacy of laughter". Montreal Gazette, April 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "CBC Canada Reads 2017 announces longlist, including Katherena Vermette, Vivek Shraya, André Alexis". National Post, December 19, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "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.
  4. ^ a b c "Comedian pulls double duty at TIFF". Etobicoke Guardian, September 9, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "The funny side of being Muslim: Hassan explores his secular baggage in one-man show at Just For Laughs". Montreal Gazette, July 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Get ready for Canada Reads 2019!". CBC Books, December 7, 2018.

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