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Healing Laughter

Dr. Ahmed's journey from medicine to comedy.

Known as Dr. Ahmed during the day, this GP and dermatologist had a secret life that took him from the clinical halls of medicine to the spotlight of comedy and cabaret. Dr. Ahmed's story was not just about laughter; it was a tale of healing through humour, a journey that connected two seemingly disparate worlds.


"Comedy is my lifeline. It helps me navigate the stresses of the medical profession. It's my stability in a chaotic world."

It all began when Dr. Ahmed, originally a GP trained from the UK, decided to take a break from the routine. His supposed one-year stint in Australia turned into a longer adventure. A detour to England for further studies eventually led him back to Perth, where he found himself straddling two worlds—the demanding world of medicine and the liberating world of comedy and cabaret.

In the realm of the arts, Dr. Ahmed wasn't just an entertainer; he was a seasoned comedian and cabaret artist. His performances reached a high level, drawing crowds to festivals and sell-out venues. This dual life, a balancing act between primary care and the stage, provided stability and fulfilment.


"Laughter is a powerful tool for healing. It connects us, breaks down barriers, and reminds us of our shared humanity. Medical professionals like doctors and nurses are sometimes viewed as ‘robotic’ so I’m trying to change that narrative."

The turning point came when Dr. Ahmed decided to step into the world of Fringe festivals. Moving to Perth, he found solace in the embrace of the Fringe community. Inspired by novices and seasoned artists alike, he made his debut at Perth Fringe, earning rave reviews and extending his season. The journey continued to Adelaide Fringe, where Dr. Ahmed's shows grew in scale and popularity, selling out larger venues each year.

"Comedy isn't just about making people laugh; it's about making them think, reflect, and see the world from a different perspective. Many times, I get people from underrepresented communities approach me after shows saying how great it is to feel ‘seen’ and be represented in front of an audience."

His unique selling point? Medicine. Dr. Ahmed's comedic narratives revolved around his experiences as a doctor, offering a personal touch, including the upcoming tale of his "fat gay Greek Pakistani wedding." The intersection of comedy and personal narratives had a profound impact, especially on marginalized communities seeking representation and inclusion.

The 'eureka' moment came in 2016 during Dr. Ahmed's first run in Perth. Dealing with the recent loss of his father, he sought a different outlet for grief and stress. What started as a charitable endeavour turned into a flourishing comedy career. Overcoming shame, Dr. Ahmed found joy in making people happy.

The journey wasn't solitary. Heather Croal, CEO of Adelaide Fringe, played a crucial role, providing mentorship and support. Dr. Ahmed also learned valuable lessons from colleagues, understanding not only how to do comedy but also how not to.

As for the future, Dr. Ahmed encourages aspiring artists to take the plunge. His top three tips: just go for it, be open to feedback, and balance artistic talent with business acumen.

"Dr. Ahmed Gets Hitched," promises an adventurous ruckus, exploring love and marriage with a touch of comedy.

Beyond the laughs, Dr. Ahmed's journey aims to destigmatize societal perceptions and remind us that, even in the medical field, humour can humanize and connect us all.

Don't miss the chance to witness this unique blend of medicine and mirth at the Arts Theatre in Adelaide from February 17 to March 3.

Get your tickets here: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/

If you’re wanting to Fulfil your Fringe and realise your unique potential, contact the Robert Walters team today: https://www.robertwalters.com.au/contact-us/australia/adelaide.html


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