By Geoff Jenke
The Doctor is in the house and the waiting room is full. On a warm, pleasant Wednesday Adelaide evening, Ed Sheeran is not the only show in town sold out.
Dr Ahmed is a real-life GP who has practiced in Australia and the UK, and as a stand-up comedian, makes his return to the Adelaide Fringe after a sold out 2016 debut.
Just like visiting your local doctor, we had to wait for the show to start but once it got going Dr Ahmed had us laughing all night. He doesn’t tell jokes but rather lavishes us with his real-life experiences about being a doctor. We now know why there are often delays in the waiting room, and why doctors look at the floor when walking through the waiting room. Some of the reasons are cringeworthy but we now have a newfound respect for what doctors go through.
Dr Ahmed’s talents are not restricted to telling medical stories. He dances like a Bollywood vixen, has a wonderful singing voice and his choice of songs is interesting. I won’t spoil it by telling you what they are.
He is also able to address racial prejudices with humour through actual stories.
The show is funny, entertaining and extremely likeable. Dr Ahmed proves laughter is the best medicine. Get your ticket quick as 80% of tickets have already been sold.
The show takes place in Studio 7, The Garden of Unearthly Delights until March 18th.