Florida man calls police on Middle Eastern comedian because joke about terrorism made him feel 'uncomfortable'
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A Florida man called the police on a comedian of Middle Eastern descent after he said a joke alluding to terrorism made him feel “uncomfortable.”

Comedian Ahmed Ahmed was performing a set at the Off the Hook Comedy Club in Naples, Fla., over the weekend when a man called the local police to report him for a joke.

NBC News reports Ahmed said "Clap if you're from the Middle East," which prompted applause from several members of the audience. "All right. We got a handful of us in here, nice. But, hey, it only takes one of us ... to tell a joke,” he then said, according to a clip of the performance shared by the comedy club on Facebook.

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The man who called the police said he only attended Ahmed’s performance because he was given free tickets.

The caller, who was not identified, called police to report that Ahmed was organizing people of Middle Eastern descent to possibly commit an act of terrorism.

He told the police Ahmed’s joke “really bothered me” and made him and his wife feel “uncomfortable,” according to audio of the call released by the Collier County Sheriff's Department.

Ahmed told NBC News Wednesday that the joke, a staple of his act, has never elicited that type of response from an attendee.

“I've told that joke about 1,000 times around the world," Ahmed said. "Whatever he heard and what I said are two different things."

Ahmed added that he took selfies with fans after his set and that “terrorists don’t do meet-and-greets.”

Deputies from the police department reportedly came to the comedy club the following night before another set of Ahmed’s to interview him.

Ahmed had fun with the whole incident, recording his interaction with the deputies.

“They couldn’t have been nicer," Ahmed. "One of them said, `Don't change anything, keep doing what you're doing.' That was refreshing to hear."

Several states, including Michigan and New York, are considering legislation that would make it a crime to make racially motivated calls to police without evidence of malice from the person being called about.