Ahmed Ahmed Live at the Arlington Drafthouse
Egyptian-American actor, comedian, producer, and director Ahmed Ahmed is one of the most
diverse, multi-faceted talents in the entertainment industry today. In 2014, he can be seen
starring as “Ahmed” on TBS’ hit comedy series “Sullivan & Son.” Ahmed Ahmed is one of the biggest Egyptian American comedians in the world.
He was born in Egypt, and immigrated with his parents to the US when he was very young.
When he was 19 years old he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and attended the American Academy
of Dramatic Arts. His first big break was in the suspense, action film EXECUTIVE DECISION
alongside Kurt Russell, Steven Segal, and Halle Berry in 1996. Ahmed went on to appear in a
handful of blockbuster and cult hit features including SWINGERS, IRON MAN, and YOU DON’T
MESS WITH THE ZOHAN. On the television front, Ahmed has appeared on top series such as
“Tracy Takes On,” “Weeds,” and “Roseanne,” to name a few.
In 2011, Ahmed made his directorial debut with his groundbreaking documentary JUST LIKE
US. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and went on to be selected at 30 international
film festivals, winning several “Best Director” and “Best Documentary” awards. The
documentary, a celebration of culture and comedy, follows Ahmed and ten American comedians
through Dubai, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, performing in front of over 20,000 Arabs and
Muslims across the region. JUST LIKE US garnered Ahmed attention on the political front, and
he was invited to The White House to have dinner with President Obama, and was also invited
to The State Department to have dinner with Hilary Clinton- as they commended him on
creating a project that made an effort to break down barriers and encourage cross-cultural
dialogue. Ahmed is currently in post-production on JUST LIKE US TOO, which takes place in
Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Oman.
While working in film and television Ahmed’s profile in comedy continues to rise, being hand
picked by Vince Vaughn for his Wild West Comedy Tour [2005-present]. Vaughn is currently
producing the first ever Wild West comedy festival in Nashville, TN where Ahmed will hold the
roll of Comedy Ambassador, performing and hosting shows. In 2005, Ahmed cofounded and
performed in the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour which aired on Comedy Central as the first ever
Middle Eastern stand up comedy special. Ahmed is also the winner of the first annual Richard
Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Scotland.