For quite some time now, comedians have been forced to take an unneeded vacation from their craft as many comedy clubs and major shows have been put on hiatus due to the global pandemic. Most comedians have used the time to focus on other careers, while this comedian has used his time wisely making many ways out of no ways in order for his comedic talents to shine brighter than ever. As part of We Own The Laughs.com’s Comedian of the Day, have a few laughs and get to know comedian Ali Malik. The Chino Hills, CA native shares with us some of his favorite moments in stand-up comedy and why he owns the laughs.
Name: Ali Malik
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA/ Los Angeles, CA
Years in Comedy: I rather not say. (Laughs)
Haven’t we seen you somewhere before: Worldstar and Dailymail UK
Comedic Influences: Russell Peters, Aziz Ansari, & Dave Chapelle
Favorite Comedy Movie: Waterboy
Favorite Comedy TV Show: People Just Doing Nothing
Favorite Comedic Character: Dwight Schrute
Favorite City to Perform In: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Topics to Joke About: Cultural flaws
Favorite Type of Audience for a Comedy Show: I love you all
Favorite Comedy Club: I love them all! My home club is HaHa Comedy Club.
How did you discover your passion for comedy:
Loved the art, and always wanted to pursue it. Some sing in the shower, I laugh at my own thoughts.
What do you remember most about your first time performing stand-up comedy:
The “celebrity guest” was very supportive and helped me find open mics to continue to work on my craft.
How would you describe your comedic style:
I like to tell stories that are based on personal accounts that may be anecdotal.
Describe your process for comedic writing:
I’m constantly jotting down ideas on my phone. I set time aside every day to look at those notes and try to develop something. The real process for me starts on stage, that’s where I feel I get the best understanding of my writing.
Describe the comedy scene in your area:
Comedy scene in any area is a fun world with a community of funny people. Nothing better than hanging out in a green room with some of the funniest people in the world.
How do you judge success in the world of comedy:
Success is different for everyone… a tough question to answer.
Personally, I think success in stand-up all reflect on your ability to connect with your audience.
Who are some of your comedic peers that you enjoy watching perform or inspire you personally and professionally:
Rene Vaca, Jack Assadourian Jr, Jamie Kennedy, Erik Schwartz, and Neel Nanda. So many more I want to name, I’m very lucky to be surrounded by amazing talent here in LA.
What’s been your most memorable moment in comedy:
Opening for Russell Peters! He was such a nice guy and very supportive. l grew up listening to him every day. As another South Asian comedian, I find him to be very inspiring.
What have you learned most from your failures in comedy:
The same thing I learned from all my failures… fix your mistakes and try again.
How do people react towards you when they realize that you can make people laugh:
They think everything I’m saying from that point forward is a joke.
Describe what it’s been like building a career in stand-up comedy:
It’s been a lot of fun, and every day I’m so thankful for being able to pursue my dream.
If you could change one thing in the world of comedy, what would it be:
I wouldn’t change a thing.
Best advice you’ve ever received from a comedian:
“Never change who you are, to make others happy. Make sure your comedy is what you enjoy, rather than what others want you to say, because at the end of the day it will be more genuine to you,” -Greg Wilson
Funniest encounter you’ve ever had with a celebrity:
I roasted one of the cast members of the high school musical for 10 mins, with claims that he looks like a child… after I was done he said “I owe my career to looking like a child.” I had no idea what he was talking about, never really cared about those movies.
Weirdest place you’ve ever performed any forms of comedy:
This Coffee shop in LA that didn’t sell coffee.
A Ali Malik Fun Fact:
I was born in London, UK.
Where would you like your laughs to take you:
Would love to have multiple comedy specials and a tv show.
What would you tell a potential comedian if they ask you how they can own the laughs:
Have fun and be yourself on stage! An audience can tell if you’re being genuine or not.
What are your thoughts on the future of comedy:
Comedy will continue to be one of the most important elements of life, and as long as humans are around, so will comedy.
If you could write one episode for one classic TV sitcom which show would be and give a brief detailed sentence on the episode:
The Office: Micheal Scott vs Toby
Micheal already fought Dwight in the dojo now it’s time to fight his true arch-nemesis.
If you could choose 1 comedy club and 3 comedians to perform with on your perfect comedy show, how would it go:
HaHa Comedy Club in North Hollywood, CA with Russell Peters, Aziz Ansari, & Hasaan Minhaj.
What next for you:
Continue to go on tour and make the world laugh.
Why should a person always laugh at life:
It’s the epitome of happiness.
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