Achmed the Dead Terrorist

I don’t think it is funny, from a purely comedic stand point. The main tagline “I keel you” is really overused and too many other punchlines require “celebrity” knowledge (sorry , call me elitist for that reason if you want) or overused double entendres.

It may be argued that this is a satire on the popular image of terrorist suicide bombers as sort of conniving, Arabic accented maestro’s of pure evil… but if so it would nod to the truth… most such terrorists are either recruited from poor simple families who feel proud to send their kids to their view of the afterlife or, as in the case of 9/11, or are relatively well educated yet, most would agree, extremely misguided people to say the least.

However his sketch confirms the popular image without a nod to facts and just takes the mickey out of the “terrorist”. Probably why it is so popular.

well, I think it’s really funny. I don’t think we need to explain why it’s funny because it sort of destroy the “funniness” once we start dissecting it bits by bits.

As Conan once said, “funny is funny, nothing we see so far today is remotely funny…comedy is something if you get too cerebral it goes away, it disappears on you…”

I also think most of my generations would think Achmed the Dead Terrorist is pretty damn funny.

Maybe we should just have a poll, and dispense with discussion altogether.

I was shown this video by a Muslim person I met in Sweden, ( my cousin’s neighbour). He thought it was the funniest video he had seen.

I remember while teaching in Poland a few years back my teenage students thought that this was hilarious. We watched his whole routine a while back, which features other puppets, and I didn’t really laugh at all.

Although I agree with Rubberduck. Funny is funny, there’s no sense analyzing. It’s either funny or not. I’m not really sure of the point of the post in the first place though. It’s just a link. Was aprendo trying to start a discussion on terrorists in popular culture. I don’t really understand…

“I’m not really sure of the point of the post in the first place though.”
I agree with Blindside70 on that.

“Funny is funny, there’s no sense analyzing”
And not funny is not funny. So we differ, so why should it be sin to discuss why, even if discussing it implies (OMG!) analysis?
Anyhow, I think it is worth discussing because of the immense popularity of the sketch (200 000 000 views and counting)

I think that Dooo’s analysis of the funniness or unfunniness of the video is detailed and very convincing.


I have watched the clip but didn’t find it funny at all. It has nothing to do with the topic, it just isn’t very comical I thought.

I did not find it that funny, but my cousin’s Muslim’s neighbour laughed till he had tears in his eyes, and he was watching it for the n’th time. De gustibus non disputandum est.