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Ahmed Kazmi: Turning medicine into comedy

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 05 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5298


Ahmed Kazmi, a GP from Coventry, has turned his experience of general practice into comedy, appearing this year at the Brighton Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Born in Canada, he grew up and qualified in England before moving to Australia, where friends found his anecdotes funny enough to inspire him to try stand-up comedy under the name Dr Ahmed. While he likes the variety, he doubts that he’ll ever give up medicine altogether: “It took me 11 years to train as a GP, so it would be a bit of a shame to leave it.” The money raised from his UK performances went to Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his father, who died from lung cancer last year. Kazmi has now returned to the UK.

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