Ep 289: Ali Siddiq (Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening)


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Ali has appeared on BET’s One Mic Stand, Bill Bellamy’s Ladies Night Out Tour on HBO, and the season finale of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. Being no stranger to television, Ali Siddiq has made appearances on Showtime, HBO, BET, AXS, Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed storytelling show “This is Not Happening”, and also shared his perspective of social and political issues on TV One’s Washington Watch with host Roland Martin.

During his six years of incarceration Ali Siddiq cultivated the art of entertaining through comedy by sharing his funny stories and opinions with his fellow inmates. In fact, he released his special Bigger Than These Bars in 2018 on Comedy Central recorded in Bell County Jail in Texas for inmates to show the types of things that are possible after incarceration.

As a Houston native, Ali advocates for community leadership, outreach, and fundraising. He is a consistent vendor for the Fort Bend ISD School District and volunteers with Harris County’s Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program. This past year, He participated in a Teachers’ Lounge comedy show with Fort Bend ISD and another in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, where he donated his proceeds to fellow Houstonians affected by the storm.

In addition to his philanthropy, Ali headlines multiple comedy clubs around the US and comedy festivals around the world proving his ability to engage audiences of every demographic while leaving them laughing hysterically.

During The New York Comedy Festival, Siddiq was named winner of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” competition, where he earned a spot on Comedy Central Stand-up Series: The Half Hour being named their ‘fan favorite’.

See Ali perform in at Standup Live this weekend!
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