Comedian explains how an audience member called 911 on him over a joke
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Humour really is unique; what one person finds funny might be highly offensive to another.
But one guy went that extra step when he actually called the police over a joke he'd heard at a gig. Check it out:
He said: "Clap if you're from the Middle East."
After a couple of whoops in the crowd, he then went on: "All right. We got a handful of us in in here, nice. But, hey, it only takes one of us ... to tell a joke."
Now, while the majority of the crowd thought it was a pretty funny gag, one guy in the audience did not. At all.
So upset by Ahmed's comments was the crowd member that they called Collier County Sheriff's Department and claimed that the comic was trying to recruit people to a terrorist organisation.
Bit of a leap, right?
In a video posted to his TikTok account, Ahmed explained what happened, sharing a clip from the 911 call the man made that night.
Retelling the joke to the 911 dispatcher, the guy said: "There was a comedian, he's Ahmed Ahmed. First thing he said was, 'How many Middle Eastern people do we have here? That's great, we can organise our own little terrorist organisation'.
"And I don't think that was right. I mean it really bothered me. There were about 25 Muslims there.
"My wife and I looked at each other and we felt very uncomfortable."
He added: "There's another show at seven o'clock."
The call handler then said they would send a patrol car down to see Ahmed at his next set.
And in the video, two cops can be seen speaking to Ahmed.
"I think this is the first time for everyone here," one of the cops says in the video.
"Don't change your set, don't change your jokes, just keep doing what you do."
Speaking to NBC at the time, Ahmed said he'd never had any issues with the joke before.
He told the outlet: "I've told that joke about 1,000 times around the world. Whatever he heard and what I said are two different things."
Discussing the absurdity of the allegations, considering he stayed to meet fans after the show for photos and autographs, Ahmed said: "Terrorists don’t do meet-and-greets. We don't say, 'Death to America!' and then, 'But wait, let's do selfies first'."
Praising the police for their handling of the situation, he added: "They couldn’t have been nicer. One of them said, `Don't change anything, keep doing what you're doing.' That was refreshing to hear."