Being of Arab heritage, his comedy touches, but does not dwell, on issues such as Jesus, September 11 and hysterical looks at modern day life in Australia. In 1992 Akmal wrote and starred in All Aussies are Boofta, a comedy show which enjoyed successful runs and rave reviews at The Harold Park Hotel, Parramatta Riverside Theatre and The Harbourside Brasserie in Sydney. His show HOOT enjoyed a successful run at the 1996 Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festivals and was subsequently invited to appear at the Gided Balloon in the 1996 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
His show Gullible premiered at the 2004 Melbourne International Comedy Festival with every show a sell-out. Akmal Saleh wrote and performed sketches for SBS’s Insight which culminated in his own TV series The 50 Foot Show, which aired on the comedy channel in Australia and New Zealand. In 2008 he produced and starred in a DVD, Akmal, Live and Uncensored.
He has appeared as a comic actor in Channel Nine's Just Kidding and was the lead role in the cult film You Can't Stop the Murders released in 2002. Akmal performed as a main character in the Murray Wheelan TV movie series for the Seven Network and has been was a regular guest on the award winning Channel 10 show Thank God You’re Here. He has also appeared on Hey Hey Its Saturday, Rove Live, The NRL Footy Show, The Glass House, In Siberia Tonight, Big Questions, Spicks and Specks and Good News Week. A sought after presenter in the radio industry, Akmal Saleh has been MC for Radio National's Stand Up Sydney and host of the drive slot on Nova FM. He has written freelance for 2MMM and 2 Day FM (Sydney).