“For the record the caller misquoted my joke. I never said, ‘We can start our own terrorist organization,'” he wrote on Twitter.
The caller, who described Ahmed as Middle Eastern, said he called because the comment made him feel uncomfortable. He was concerned Ahmed would say it again at a later performance.
Off The Hook owner Brien Spina said he was shocked when police arrived at the club to investigate the complaint. Spina said something like this has never happened before.
“I don’t know why they stayed for the whole show,” he told CNN. “[Ahmed] is probably more straight down the road compared to other comedians. His material isn’t meant to be offensive. It’s just funny.”
Ahmed shared a video online while the police questioned him about the incident.
“Don’t change your set. Don’t change your jokes,” one of the officers said in the video. Ahmed said the officers were “very polite.”
Ahmed, 48, was born in Egypt but moved to California when he was 1 month old.
Spina has invited Ahmed back for another performance next Wednesday after popular demand, and Ahmed has agreed.
“I’m friends with the owners and the staff is extremely cool, professional, hospitable and friendly, not to mention the crowds are always amazing,” Ahmed said. “But whoever made it point to waste my time and everyone’s else’s time and call the police on me over a joke is not only mind boggling but disturbing and funny all at the same time.”