Ali Hassan is a familiar voice to CBC Radio listeners as the host of Laugh Out Loud and a frequent q program guest host. A stand-up comic, actor and chef, he’s performed on stages across Canada, the U.S. and the Middle East. You may have also seen him on the big screen as the memorable Lebanese Uncle Stevie in the hockey hit GOON or on TV on shows the Odd Squad, Cardinal and Designated Survivor.
He’s known for exploring his secular baggage. As a father of four, Ali Hassan is well versed in dodging difficult questions — or just making up the answers. When his kids started to ask about religion in general and Islam in particular, Ali began to consider his heritage. In his solo show, Hassan delivers a bitingly funny piece on flunking out of Sunday school, ingesting forbidden fruits, and becoming a cultural Muslim. His last show-turned-DVD From Zero to Hero chronicled his ascent from carefree socialite to happily bewildered husband and father. His shows often feature entertaining tales about everyday family life, such as language disputes with his three-year-old. It’s a refreshingly hilarious antidote to our increasingly troubling global climate.
Biography by Kerry Clarke