Airports and terrorism are impossible topics to avoid for comic Ahmed Ahmed, who's both Egyptian-born (though he's lived in Southern California since he was a few months old) and Muslim. His delivery is a hilarious invitation to be smarter and cut out the anxious middleman around race in the post-9/11 United States. The popular media has called on Ahmed (phones for you! Joy Behar again!) as its go-to funnyman for commentary on the state of our countrymen who, to paraphrase Ahmed himself, went from being Americans on 9/10/01 to potential terrorists on 9/11/01. Jovial and charismatic onstage, he's entertaining and thoughtful as he reflects on his life as an Egyptian-American comic. Tonight he squeezes in some S.F. shows in after a run in Bahrain. Next, he's off to United Arab Emirates.
Dec. 19-20, 8 & 10:15 p.m., 2008