A Florida man called the police to investigate a comedian because a joke he told about terrorism made him and his wife feel “uncomfortable.”
Comedian Ahmed Ahmed is an Egyptian-American, and was performing at the Off the Hook Comedy Club in Naples, Florida, when he made the joke.
A video of the joke was posted on Facebook by the club after the bizarre call.
“Clap if you’re from the Middle East,” Ahmed said, which elicited applause from many in the audience.
“All right. We got a handful of us in here, nice,” he responded.
“But, hey, it only takes one of us… to tell a joke,” he said.
That was enough for a man in the audience to think law enforcement involvement was warranted. The Collier County Sheriff’s Department later released the audio of the call to the public.
Ahmed said that the police were very cordial when they spoke to him about the call.
“They couldn’t have been nicer,” he said, adding that one of them remarked to him, “Don’t change anything, keep doing what you’re doing.”
The man who called the police said that he had been given free tickets to the show.
“I’ve told that joke about 1,000 times around the world,” Ahmed said to ABC News. “Whatever he heard and what I said are two different things.”