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Ali Hassan

Photograph by Fouad Hassanpour

Ali Hassan is a stand-up comic, actor, host, and professional chef who has performed on stages across Canada and the world. He is the host of CBC’s Canada Reads, as well as Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio and SiriusXM. He is also a frequent guest host of q, CBC’s premiere national arts and entertainment show. 

His comedy has been performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto’s JFL42. A Canadian Comedy Award nominee, 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, BreakawayFrench Immersion, and as the memorable Lebanese “Uncle Stevie” opposite Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Eugene Levy in the hockey hit Goon, in addition to other film and TV roles. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his family. Follow him on Twitter @StandUpAli and find him at

Books by Ali Hassan