Guests: Episodes with Ali Siddiq
Ali Siddiq, the comedian named the “#1 Comic to Watch” by Comedy Central in 2013, has a pretty impressive resume. But did you know that before he was making audiences laugh on stage, he was serving time in prison for drug trafficking? That’s right, folks. Ali was selling drugs at the age of 14 and was locked up at 19. But it was during his incarceration that he discovered his talent for making people laugh. He worked in the prison’s laundromat and his workmates were his captive audience.
But don’t worry, Ali has turned his life around and is now a successful comedian, public speaker, and writer based in Houston, Texas. He even filmed his one-hour special, “It’s Bigger Than These Bars,” at the Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas. Talk about making the best of a bad situation!
But don’t let his past fool you, Ali’s stand-up comedy is not all about prison jokes. He tells stories from his personal life, as well as his observations on current events, race, and politics. And if you’re still not convinced, he’s also released five comedy albums, including “The Prison Manual” in 2019.
So, the next time you see Ali Siddiq on stage, remember that he’s not just a comedian, he’s a reformed drug dealer turned comedian. And that, my friends, is something to laugh about.
4 hours 19 minutesOpen episode
Ali Siddiq is a stand-up comic and writer who initially developed his comedic talents during a six-year stint behind bars. Now a successful headliner, Siddiq spends his time offstage volunteering to meet the needs of his Houston, Texas community.