The comedian who’s making the Middle East laugh is on his way to Bahrain for a one-man, one-night show.

Egyptian-American funnyman, Ahmed Ahmed, is a comic with a lot to say, particularly on his journey through life as a Middle Eastern comedian in the US.

Born in Egypt, Ahmed’s family headed Stateside when he was just a month old. He was raised in Riverside, California and moved to Hollywood at the age of 19 to try his hand as an actor and stand-up comic.

He’s been making people laugh for almost 35 years with his sharp observations on race relations, Islamophobia and Arab and Egyptian culture. In 2005 he formed The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour with the aim of wielding jokes as weapons and combatting post-9/11 prejudice in the United States. He also performed at Axis of Justice, a predominantly rock and heavy metal concert which fights for social justice.

He is the first Arab-American to star in his own stand-up comedy special, which aired on Showtime. He’s also made several TV appearances, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman and The View.

And his film and television credits include Executive Decision, Swingers, Tracey Takes On…, Roseanne, JAG, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and MTV’s Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher.

A regular at the famed Comedy Store in Hollywood, Ahmed tours all across the US and Europe. He was the winner of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for ethnic comedy at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

You can catch his very individual form of comedy at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa on October 19. Tickets are priced from BD10 for general admission.

The organisers promise: “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll definitely think twice about the world around you!” ✤