August 3, 2017 In News By

CBC: Saint John Cardiac Surgeon Moonlights as Stand-Up Comedian

The CBC profiled IMPART member Dr. Ansar Hassan in late 2015 about his burgeoning side gig as a stand-up comedian. Dr. Hassan has performed at several venues across the Maritimes, recently serving as an opening act for UK-born comic James Mullinger at opening night for the Saint John Yuk Yuk’s comedy club.

“Hassan admits it’s a complete departure from his day job, but says there are some parallels between comedy and surgery.

‘You have to be quick on your feet,’ Hassan said Thursday on Information Morning Saint John. ‘One thing about being a cardiac surgeon … you can make snap decisions about what you have to do depending on the circumstances.'”

Read more about Dr. Hassan’s extracurricular (and extra hilarious) pursuits at