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A comedian of Middle Eastern descent made a joke about terrorism. An audience member called the cops

Ahmed Ahmed says he's not a terrorist, just a comedian.
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NORTH NAPLES, Fla. — A man at a comedy show apparently became so concerned for his safety he called 911.

Ahmed Ahmed told the Naples Daily News he asked the crowd during a joke Saturday: "'Are there any Middle Eastern people here tonight?' ... And I said, 'That’s great, there’s a handful of us here tonight. But hey, it only takes one of us," he said, pointing out that a few people laughed while there's a pause, "'to tell a joke. 

"It only takes one Middle Eastern person to tell a joke, no, but seriously, lock the doors." 

After the show, Ahmed said he thanked everyone for attending and shook their hand.

"My point is terrorists don’t do meet and greets. We don’t say, 'Death to America, but can we take a selfie first?'" Ahmed told the News.

The News reports the man called 911 the next day after watching the performance at the Off The Hook Comedy Club. 

The newspaper published the 911 call in full.

"... And he said where are you from? I’m from Iraq, I’m from Iran. I’m from Pakistan. I’m from here, I’m from there. He said, ‘That’s great. We could organize our own little terrorist organization,'" the caller said.

“And I don’t think that was right. And that really bothered me.”

Ahmed told the paper the caller misquoted him.

To make it up to him, Ahmed said he's offering the caller two free tickets to his May 22 show.

"If the guy who made the call is reading this article, I’d like to offer you two tickets to the show and give him a big old, jolly American hug," Ahmed told the paper.

“I’ll buy him a shot. Terrorists don’t buy people shots … of tequila that is.”

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