The idea for the film, "Ahmed, Say Something Funny," was hatched about six years ago when Cal State Northridge cinema and television arts professor Thelma Vickroy caught a performance of comedian Ahmed Ahmed at the Comedy Store in Hollywood.
Her friends, CSUN art alum Fred Beshid, a Los Angelesbased writer, artist and producer, and his sister, Northridge child development alum Susan Beshid, insisted that the comedian's life story was one that Vickroy, a documentary maker, would want to tell.
"I am interested in doing stories about people who are kind of on the outside but trying to make their way and be accepted," Vickroy said. "Ahmed was born in Egypt, but came here when he was only six months old and grew up in Southern California. He's chosen one of the absolutely hardest careers you could possibly choose¡ªto be a comedian and actor. I couldn't resist."