Ali Hassan

The first event in the series: Ali Hassan

Comedian, CBC Radio host and Memoir Author


As a comedian, Ali has performed for audiences across Canada, including on the cross-country Just for Laughs tour, Comedy Night in Canada, hosted by Rick Mercer. He has also performed locally and internationally with his solo show Muslim, Interrupted. In January of 2023, Ali began touring across Canada with his latest solo show, entitled ‘Does This Taste Funny?

In his heartfelt and funny memoir, Is There Bacon In Heaven? based on his hit stand-up comedy, Hassan shares his lifelong journey to becoming a “cultural Muslim”—learning to walk the line of embracing his heritage while following his passions and being true to himself. From failing to learn Arabic—or much of anything—in Sunday school and visiting family in Pakistan who mocked him relentlessly, to discovering the wonders of pepperoni as a teenager and being a celebrity judge at Ribfest, he finds himself in compromising situations that challenge his beliefs and identity.

Now, as a father of four, he has to answer his children’s questions and try to explain his point of view. But he can’t just “give them” an identity as a cultural Muslim. Sharing his story is the next best thing.

With the perfect blend of humour and insight, Is There Bacon in Heaven? explores the deep need to belong that exists in everyone.

This event is presented in partnership with the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library

Ali Gassan's book, Is There Bacon in Heaven?

Author Reading

Ali will read from his memoir, Is There Bacon In Heaven?, talk about some of the themes in his book and participate in an audience Q&A.

This is an opportunity for fans of memoirs, books and fans of Ali’s to hear from and meet the author himself.

The seating is limited so if you love hearing great stories from one of our best Canadian writers, get your ticket today!


February 2, 2024


7:00-8:30 p.m

Reading Only:


Owen Sound
Library Auditorium

Writing Workshop

Local writers and soon-to-be writers can learn from Ali about writing their own story.

Join comedian, actor and writer Ali Hassan as he shares his journey of turning a 90 minute stand up comedy solo show into a memoir.  In this hands-on workshop, you’ll also learn the power of humour in writing, and how to add comedy to story structure and character development in order to create stories that are both compelling and entertaining.


February 3, 2024


1:00-3:00 p.m

Workshop Only:


Owen Sound
Library Auditorium