Ahmed Ahmed is an Egyptian American actor and comedian mostly known for his appearances in Axis of Evil Comedy Tour and Just Like Us comedy documentary. The stand up comedian also can be recognized from movies like City of Life, Iron Man, Roseanne and more.
Born on June 27, 1970 in Helwan, Egypt, Ahmed Ahmed moved with his family in Riverside, California when he was only one month old. Riverside was his growing up town until he was 19 and decided to move to Hollywood in order to take his chance at being an actor and stand up comedian. Ahmed Ahmed went to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts for one year and studied with various acting coaches such as Cliff Osmond, Ivan Chubbuck and Sandy Marshall.
The stand up comedian is currently single and he still works in Hollywood, where all the magic started. Ahmed Ahmed says that his role models are his parents, Muhammad Ali, Mitzi Shore, and friend Vince Vaughn.
Beginning his career in stand up comedy and acting in 1989, Ahmed Ahmed did a great job appearing on the most famous TV shows as well as in important movies. His stand up career brought him closer to the matter of race relationships and went on many tours having this subject in mind.
Ahmed Ahmed’s film apparition started in 1995 when he had a minor role in Virtuosity, as the cameraman. Since then, the comedian played in various movies and TV series like City of Life (2009) as Nasser, The Legend of Awesomest Maximus (2008) as Slick Slave Trader, Iron Man (2008) as Ahmed, The Onion Movie (2008) as Ahmed, Knight Fever (2008) (in production), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) as Waleed, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005) as Escort, JAG as Jalal Sharif (1 episode, 2005), All In (2005/I) as Amir, Girlfriends" (1 episode, 2001) - Bad Timing (2001), Roseanne as Hakeem (1 episode, 1996) - Roseambo (1996) as Hakeem, Swingers (1996) as Party Mystery Guy, Executive Decision (1996) as Terrorist, Steel Sharks (1996) as Lt. Noussavi.
Besides his film apparition, stand up comedian Ahmed Ahmed is widely recognized for his appearances as himself in notorious shows like Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn in 2003 and The View in 2001. Ahmed also made a guest appearance in Punk’d in 2003 and at Last Call with Carson Daly in 2006. Amongst other shows, the stand up comedian Ahmed Ahmed made his appearance at National Lampoon Live: The International Show in 2004 and Hey Hey it's Saturday in 2010.
Ahmed Ahmed’s stand up comedy tours include Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland in 2006, alongside fellow comedians Peter Billingsley, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, Jon Favreau, Justin Long, Sebastian Maniscalco, Keir O'Donnell and Vince Vaughn. In the same year he also did a short documentary called I Am Ahmed Ahmed about, well, himself.
In 2005, stand up comedian Ahmed Ahmed started touring on The Axis Of Evil Comedy Tour, with Aron Kader and Maz Jobrani, with special guests Dean Obeidallah, Won Ho Chung, and Nick Youssef. The stand up comedians travelled in several Mid-East countries with Showtime Arabia, talking about terrorist groups along with being Middle-Eastern in America. In 2007, footage from the tour was released on a DVD with the same name.
In 2008, Ahmed Ahmed helped by Tissa Hami, Dean Obeidallah, Azhar Usman and Maysoon Zayid tried to fight against the stereotypes and hatred that have surged since September 11, 2001 trough America at a Crossroads: "STAND UP: Muslim American Comics Come of Age" stand up comedy documentary.
Ahmed Ahmed was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal in December 2001, as well as in Newsweek. In the summer of 2004, stand up comedian Ahmed Ahmed was selected as the winner of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for ethnic comedy at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
In 2010, Ahmed Ahmed’s Just Like Us film made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. In the film, Ahmed tackles the misconception that Arabs have no sense of humor. With the help of a hilarious team of comedians, Ahmed travels to Dubai, Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.