Ahmed Ahmed

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Ahmed Ahmed
أحمد أحمد
Ahmed Ahmed 2010 Tribeca FF Shankbone.jpg
Ahmed at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1970-06-27) June 27, 1970 (age 48)
Helwan, Egypt
MediumStand-up
Years active1989–present
GenresObservational comedy, satire
Subject(s)Racism/Race relations, Islamophobia, Muslim-Americans, Arab culture, Egyptian culture

Ahmed Ahmed (Arabic: أحمد أحمد‎, IPA: [ˈæħmæd ˈæħmæd]; born June 27, 1970) is an American actor and comedian.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ahmed Ahmed was born in Helwan, Egypt. His family moved to the United States when he was one month old[2] and he grew up in Riverside, California.

Career[edit]

Ahmed Ahmed moved to Hollywood when he was 19 years old to pursue a career as an actor and stand-up comedian, and he has been working there ever since.

He has appeared in several films and television shows such as Executive Decision, Swingers, Tracey Takes On..., Roseanne, JAG, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, and MTV's Punk'd with Ashton Kutcher. He would later joke about his part in Executive Decision in his standup routine for the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. He has also appeared on CNN, The View, and National Public Radio, and was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal in December 2001, as well as in Newsweek. He was featured in the PBS television documentary America at a Crossroads series in "STAND UP: Muslim American Comics Come of Age", an episode about Muslim American comedians.

Ahmed Ahmed is a regular performer at The Comedy Store in Hollywood and tours all across the US and Europe. He was the winner of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for ethnic comedy at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland in the summer of 2004. Ahmed is currently with the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. He was also a notable guest for Axis of Justice which is a rock and heavy metal concert which fights for social justice.

He recently had a regular role in the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son.

Personal life[edit]

Ahmed says his role models include his parents, Muhammad Ali, Mitzi Shore, and friend Vince Vaughn.[3]

Following 9/11, and through 2004, Ahmed Ahmed and the comedian Rabbi Bob Alper toured the United States with their ground-breaking show "One Arab, One Jew, One Stage" about interfaith harmony and essential human dignity.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Virtuosity Camera man
1996 Executive Decision Terrorist #4
1996 Swingers Party Mystery Guy
1996 Steel Sharks Lt. Noussavi
2005 All In Amir independent film
2005 Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Escort
2006 Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland Himself Documentary about comedians
2007 Axis of Evil Comedy Tour Himself special DVD release
2008 The Onion Movie Ahmed
2008 Iron Man Ahmed
2008 You Don't Mess with the Zohan Waleed
2008 Immigrants: L.A. Dolce Vita Nazam English version, voice actor
2008 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Slick Slave Trader
2009 City of Life Nasser

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Roseanne Hakeem Episode: "Roseambo"
2001 Girlfriends Fred Episode: "Bad Timing"
2001 The View Himself 2 episodes
2004 National Lampoon Live: The International Show Himself
2005 JAG Jalal Sharif Episode: "Bridging the Gulf"
2005 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself
2006 I Am Ahmed Ahmed Himself TV short documentary
2009 America at a Crossroads Himself Episode: "Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age"
2010 Hey Hey it's Saturday Himself
2012-14 Sullivan & Son Ahmed Nassar Series regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ "America at a Crossroads . Stand Up: Muslim American Comics Come of Age". Public Broadcasting Service.
  2. ^ WTF podcast
  3. ^ Cultural Connect magazine
  4. ^ muslimwakeup.com

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