ALI SIDDIQ with Erin Foley, Chase Durousseau and John Gard
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Ali Siddiq speaks comedy. Based in Houston, Siddiq has traveled the comedy circuit for over 15 years using wit, thought provoking punch lines, life experiences and perfect comedic timing to engage diverse racial, economic and cultural audiences through standup as a headliner, and through multiple other mediums as a writer, producer and host.
Starting at Just Joking in Houston, Siddiq begun to hone his talent by relentlessly pursuing the microphone and emerging as a weekly featured comic. Just Joking became the forum where he would create his brand, strengthen his comedic story telling skills and catch the interest of some of the most talented comedians in the industry. This interest proved fruitful as Siddiq went on to either tour or work with premier talent including D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, Bill Burr, Cedric the Entertainer, Angela Johnson, Bobby Lee, Katt Williams, Eddie Griffin, Maz Jobrani, J. Anthony Brown, Bruce Bruce, Mike Epps, Rickey Smiley, and Kevin Hart.
Upon establishing himself as a strong performer whose culturally relevant humor penetrated multiple demographics Siddiq expanded his reach through television. Siddiq appeared on four seasons of BET's "Comic View", was a finalist on NBC Universal's "Stand Up for Diversity", appeared in the season finale of HBO's "Def Comedy Jam", appeared on BET's "One Mic Stand" and Bill Bellamy's "Who's Got Jokes" which aired on TV One. Adding to the stand up performances, Siddiq has also lent his voice and perspective on TV One's "Washington Watch" with host Roland Martin. This appearance evidenced his commitment to ensuring that his audience learn something as well as laugh.
Whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes Siddiq continuously delivers laughter. As a writer he has received credit on Bounce TV's "Off the Chain"; Showtime's "Chocolate Sundaes," and Showtime presents "Bill Bellamy: Crazy, Sexy, Dirty;" and Affirmative Action Stand Up. Additionally, Siddiq has worked in the capacity of a producer, writer, and voice talent in the production of Houston's Midtown Bail Bonds' commercial series which resulted in a surge of business for the company.
While diversifying mediums Siddiq continues to engage audiences on both domestic and foreign stages. Siddiq has traveled the globe performing in Germany, Holland, Brazil and London's Bloomsbury Theatre. He was humbled to be able to support the troops by performing in the USO Tour visiting South Korea, Guam, and Japan. On the home front he has most recently filled venues with laughter as the host of Bill Bellamy's Ladies Night Out Tour, and as the headliner at the Houston Improv, Arlington Improv, Addison Improv, Comedy Time, J Spot, Laugh out Loud and the River Center. Siddiq was also a featured performer on Houston's Majic 102.1 FM's 35th Anniversary concert, sharing the stage with Grammy nominated Jill Scott and former Gap Band lead vocalist Charlie Wilson.
Recognized for his ability to connect with audiences Siddiq also uses that talent to connect with his community. Siddiq produces the Jive Turkey Comedy Jam which most recently collected can goods which were donated to the North Texas Food Bank. Additionally, he was the Keynote speaker at Texas Southern University's 2012 Freshman Orientation. Siddiq also performed at a Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund event which urged the audience to participate in the 2012 election with a set entitled "Vote for your Dayum Self."
Ali Siddiq's goal is to use comedy as a medium that helps the world to engage in conversations and realize that we as a people have more in common then we have different. He states "My philosophy is that happiness is laughter, laughter is comedy and comedy is therapy."
Start your therapeutic session with Ali Siddiq by purchasing his album on iTunes, Amazon, or CD Baby; following him on twitter (@Ali_Speaks) and Instagram (AliSiddiq); liking his Facebook fanpage (facebook.com/Ali.Siddiq.92); subscribing to his YouTube channel (youtube.com/alispeakscomedy); subscribing to his mailing list; or watching the Ladies Night Out Tour which is currently airing on Showtime.
Chase Durousseau is a household name that even smart people have trouble spelling. A Creole Texan, his easy going delivery and unique rapid-fire animated mannerisms have captivated audiences around the globe. Growing up latch key and down the street from a dollar theater, his early childhood consisted of getting dropped off at theme parks, the movies and pulling pranks on strangers that would eventually become his friends. He then proceeded to crash so many of these peoples family get togethers that eventually everywhere he went felt like home.
After volunteering for Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina, he couldn’t stop talking to people, took his insatiable lust for blabbering to the stage and has been there ever since. After starting comedy he won Houston's Funniest Person Contest, entertained U.S. Troops in Kuwait and Iraq. He performed at Moontower Comedy Festival with Hannibal Buress, opened for Craig Robinson and The Nasty Delicious on the east coast, and with Norm Macdonald, Jo Koy, Anjelah Johnson, Steve Byrne, Louis CK, Bill Burr and more in the south.
He currently lives in Los Angeles where he regularly performs around town and hosts a popular live weekly show called “Midnight Snack” at the Hollywood Improv.