Florida man calls police on comedian Ahmed Ahmed after Middle East joke made him 'uncomfortable'

Comedian/Actor Ahmed Ahmed performs at the Bud Light Presents Wild West Comedy Festival featuring Billy Gardell at Zanies on May 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Posted at 8:44 AM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 08:44:03-04

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An audience member called 911 on an Egyptian-American comedian who made a joke about being of Middle Eastern descent.

The caller called police Sunday, one day after Ahmed Ahmed performed at the Off The Hook Comedy Club in Naples, Florida.

Ahmed told the Naples Daily News he asked if anyone of Middle Eastern descent was in the audience. After a few people clapped, Ahmed replied, "Hey, it only takes one of us" followed by a pause and then "to tell a joke." He added, "Seriously, lock the doors."

The caller told the 911 dispatcher that after audience members acknowledged being from the Middle East, Ahmed said, "That's great. We could organize our own little terrorist organization." He said that bothered him. Ahmed said he never said that.

The club has rebooked Ahmed for next week.