The Laugh Factory, located on the mezzanine level of the New Tropicana Resort, will have one of the most highly praised Egyptian-American stand-up comedians headlining now through Sunday, Sept. 14, Ahmed Ahmed.
Featured with Ahmed will be Francisco Ramos with Johnny Cardinale hosting. Show times are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Ahmed is a very serious, but really funny, American stand-up comedian, who was born in Helwan, Egypt. At the age of one-month his family moved to the United State, and lived in Riverside, Calif., where he grew up. At the age of 19, he moved to Hollywood, and began making the rounds of comedy clubs in the area. He soon was on the road. In 2011, Ahmed made his directorial debut with the groundbreaking documentary, “Just Like Us.” The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and went on to be selected at 30 international film festivals, winning several “Best Director” and “Best Documentary” awards. The documentary, a celebration of culture and comedy, follows Ahmed and ten American comedians through Dubai, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, performing in front of thousands.
The film garnered Ahmed attention on the political front too. He was invited to The White House and The State Department where he has dinner with President Obama and with Hilary Clinton- as they commended him on creating a project that made an effort to break down barriers and encourage cross-cultural dialogue.
Ahmed was the recipient of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Scotland in 2004. He has appeared in many films and TV show, including such classics as: Executive Decision, Swingers, Tracey Takes On…, Roseanne, JAG, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Comedy Central, and MTV’s Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher. Ahmed has also appeared on CNN, The View, and National Public Radio, and was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek in 2001. He currently has a regular role in the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son.
Ramos’s TV credits include the new pilot, directed by Steve Carell, “Tribeca, the Byron Allen syndicated show, “The First Family,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He has created memorable characters in animation as the voice of, Marmoset in the movie “Rio,” as well as a voice for the film “Marmaduke.” He continues to tour worldwide as a stand-up comic, including a month in Afghanistan to perform for U.S. troops. Johnny Cardinale has been featured on, “Chelsea Lately,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Johnny makes his feature film debut in, “Bobby Khan’s Ticket to Hollywood,” which is set for a late 2014 release. He also hosts the podcast, “For the Love of Mic” on iTunes. He has performed for troops overseas on several occasions in over 30 countries.
Tickets priced at $34.95 and $44.95. Visit Laugh Factory Las Vegas or call 702-739-2411 for further information.