Deconstructing a chef’s journey from food to comedy

Ali Hassan’s career plans started off as simply as anyone’s: become a chef, get a food show on television, get a second food show on television, be the face of the network and have oven mitts with his face on them. But sometimes things get in the way of your dreams: like your parents’ disappointment, your family of four children and your successful comedy career.

This show is a hilarious exposition of Ali’s journey in and out of the culinary world in which he spent 12 years. It’s a little like Eat, Pray, Love….minus the Prayer.


Ali Hassan is a Stand-up Comic and Actor who has performed for audiences across Canada and internationally.

Ali is the host of CBC’s hit stand-up comedy show Laugh Out Loud, a frequent guest-host of CBC Radio’s national flagship arts and culture show “q”, and for the past four consecutive years, Ali has hosted Canada Reads – the annual battle of the books celebrating the best of Canadian literature.

Ali has appeared on the big screen in award-winning films – Breakaway, French Immersion, and as the memorable Lebanese ‘Uncle Stevie’ opposite Sean William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Eugene Levy in the hockey hit Goon. In 2020, Ali can be seen in the films MySpyMafia Inc, and Tammy’s Always Dying which had its World Premiere at TIFF 2019. His recent television roles have included Blood & Treasure (CBS), Designated Survivor (ABC), Cardinal (CTV), Holiday Calendar (Netflix), Odd Squad (PBS Kids) and Man Seeking Woman (FXX).

Ali has performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto’s JFL42.  In Fall 2019, Ali toured across Canada as one of the stars of Just For Laughs Comedy Night In Canada tourhosted By Rick Mercer. And in April 2020, Ali continues to tour with Just for Laughs their Ontario Road Show.

A Canadian Comedy Award nominee, Ali has toured his solo show Muslim Interrupted around Canada to great acclaim. He has taken the show to Scotland to perform at the world’s largest comedy festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  In 2020, Ali begins touring his latest one man show, based on his decade in the food industry, Does This Taste Funny?

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