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Ahmed Ahmed: Tackling Serious Issues With Humor

  • Mohamed Elshinnawi

Egyptian American comedian Ahmed Ahmed

Egyptian American comedian Ahmed Ahmed

Egyptian American stand-up comedian Ahmed Ahmed, along with a group of fellow comics, recently toured Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Egypt, where they took their unique brand of humor to thousands of people, predominantly Muslims. While on tour, they did what comics do best – juxtaposing cultures and religions by tearing wide open, with a good dose of humor, the stereotypes and preconceived notions that exist between them.

Among the byproducts of the comic excursion – the 72-minute movie Just Like Us, which just opened in theaters across the United States. Its goal – promoting mutual understanding through a mix of laughs and educational messages tailored for American audiences.

We caught up with Ahmed Ahmed and some of his colleagues at a recent Arab American convention in Washington, DC, and came up with this short movie about our encounter.

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