Ahmed Ahmed, comedian who stars in Vince Vaughn’s “Wild West Comedy Show”
Book I’m reading:
“The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” by Stephen R. Covey. I’m waiting for the sequel, “How to get rid of Bad Habits”.
Total number of books I own:
Gosh I don’t know… 30-40 or so…
Three books that mean a lot to me:
“The Fountain” by Ayn Rand
“Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
What book would you like to see brought to the big screen and what book do you hope never gets adapted?
Big Screen: “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino.
Don’t Want to See: The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People
Last film I saw:
“There Will Be Blood,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Lawrence of Arabia,” directed by David Lean
“When We Were Kings,” directed by Leon Gast
“Goodfellas,” directed by Martin Scorsese
Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment? (male or female):
VINCE VAUGHN of course! Not only because he is my best friend and put me in his film, but because he’s the funniest guy I know.
Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
Omar Sherif because he was the first Arab actor to break into mainstream American films and star opposite A list actors. He made history.
Who do you look to for inspiration?
I look to my family and peers because they are full of life and always shoot me straight.
Song currently playing in my iPod:
iPod is turned off right now.
Three songs that mean a lot to me:
“Ramblin On” by Led Zepplin, “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds, and “Rocket Man” by Elton John
Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind? What are they?:
Yes “Ramblin On” when Robert Plant sings “I’m gonna ramblin, I’m going around the world, I’m gonna ramble on.” That’s what we comedians do. We go around the world and ramble on, blah blah, blah…
Concert that changed your life:
Definitely “Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show”. It was 30 consecutive concerts rolled into one big comedy event. That fact that it was all captured on film makes it unforgettable. It was a pleasure and honor to be a part of.
* TV: Elimidate
* Film: “Half Baked”
* Reading material: corny books on spirituality
Websites: * Facebook and YouTube
* YouTube video: The Grape Lady. I hope she’s okay…
What’s the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?
Upside: Fat information and great for marketing.
Downside: Privacy invasion
What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
Be patient, always write and get up on stage as much as you can. Draw material from your family, work, and uncomfortable and awkward moments. Study other comedians. Build a fan base of people who like your type of comedy i.e. promote shows you’re in etc…
Do you have a dream project?:
Yes and thanks for asking. I’m writing a comedy screenplay about an Arab American comedian and Arab terrorist who look alike and just so happen to share the same name and accidentally switch lives. I would play both roles.
What helps you get out of bed in the morning?:
Knowing that I have bills to pay.
Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
What’s more dangerous: A mountain lion or a bitter ex?
A bitter ex. A mountain lion only leaves physical scars.
Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
Lakers and Jack
Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Oprah Winfrey, Jack Nicholson, Mitzi Shore (Owner of The Comedy Store/ Hollywood) Mohamed Ali and Vince Vaughn