A member of the audience at a comedy show in Florida called police saying the comedian had joked about Islamic terrorism.
Comedian Ahmed Ahmed's joke about Muslims at the Off The Hook Comedy Club in Naples, Florida, on Saturday scared someone from the crowd who later called the Collier County Sheriff's Department to report him.
"Applaud if you're from the Middle East," Ahmed said, according to the clip shared on the club's Facebook page. "Okay, we have a handful of us here, fine, but, hey, it only takes one of us to tell a joke."
The man who called the police said the comedian also joked about the start of a terrorist cell.
"I do not think that was correct," the man said, according to the audio of the call. "It really bothered me … Is that something that should not be said?
"I just thought it was terrible." My wife and I looked at each other and felt very uncomfortable, "he said.
The man told the dispatcher that he feared the comedian would make a similar joke in Sunday's presentation.
The police went to the club on Sunday to talk to Ahmed before his presentation.
"I do not know if it's fear, racism, ignorance or Islamophobia, or whatever you want to call it," Ahmed said in response, according to a local NBC affiliate. "It's unfortunate that someone has been very determined to make a point to make a 911 call."
"The cops were even like & # 39; WTF & # 39;" he wrote on Twitter.
This happened to me last night @OTHComedyClub in Naples, Florida! A member of the audience called me to 9-11 because they "feared for their lives" because of a joke I told on stage. That has never happened to me or any comedian, I think. Fucking crazy. The cops were even like "WTF"? 🤦🏻♂️👮🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/hQezwJPXhw
– AHMED AHMED (@ahmedcomedy)
May 13, 2019