Houston has given us comedy greats like Bill Hicks, Dwight Slade, Ralphie May, and Greg Warren. Ali Siddiq also hails from Houston. However, while those other comics started honing their craft at open mics in Texas, Siddiq’s first performances were for a more captive audience — literally. “My entry point into standup comedy came while I was incarcerated,” he says. “I used to watch the sitcom Martin.” Siddiq would then mimic the episodes for fellow inmates who were restricted from watching TV. When there were no new episodes to perform, he commented on prison life. “Even if you’re selling drugs or you shoot someone, you still want to laugh,” he says. 18+; 21+ later shows.