Ali Siddiq

Catch Ali Siddiq's standup show at the Houston Improv, and you might feel as if you were visiting with a friend—providing, that is, that you have friends who pop up regularly on Showtime, HBO, BET and other network television networks. One of the most successful local comedians to crack the national comedy scene since Ralphie May, Siddiq taps the difference between white-people-and-black-people-vein, and more, with just enough of a homespun feel to it to take the intimidation out of the fact that he spent six years in prison.

“Black people are very resilient,” he observed in a 2013 club performance for comedytime.com. “I read in USA Today that, since the recession, the rate of suicide has gone up. And I know this has nothing to do with my people, because we don’t let bills kill us. I’ve never seen a bill that made me want to kill myself, ever. My light bill could be $3 trillion, and I’d be calling them, ‘Hey, I’m gonna send y’all something Thursday.' … Because I’m not going to spend all my money on bills. My white friends are the only ones who do this…. Are you crazy? Something’s not getting paid.… I’m not sitting in my house broke on a Friday!”

8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800or visit improvhouston.com. $15 to $27.
Thu., Dec. 19, 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 20, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 21, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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