Comedian Ahmed Ahmed's routine prompted a member of the audience to call 911. "I'm not a terrorist," Ahmed said.
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Comedian's Middle Eastern reference at Florida comedy club triggers 911 call

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Ahmed Ahmed’s performance at Off The Hook Comedy Club in Naples prompted the 911 call the next day, an action that puzzled the comedian, who told the newspaper he was not a terrorist.

“After the show, I was shaking everybody’s hand and thanked them and did a meet and greet," Ahmed told the Daily News.”My point is, terrorists don’t do meet and greets. We don’t say, ‘Death to America, but can we take a selfie first?’ I wear skinny jeans and T-shirts on stage. Terrorists don't do that."

The caller told the 911 operator that Ahmed asked where people were from, and when several mentioned they were from the Middle East, the comedian allegedly said, “That’s great, we could organize our own little terrorist group,” the Daily News reported.

“And I yelled, ‘Yeah, and the paddy wagon’s gonna be outside for all of you,” the caller told the 911 operator.

Off The Hook owner Brien Spina said because story has generated national publicity, he asked Ahmed to return. The comedian will perform again at the club Wednesday.

“I don’t think anyone has ever called 911 because they were offended by a joke," Spina told the Daily News. "It’s kind of like going to (a) horror movie and you were so scared so you called the police so no one else would go to that show.”

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