Bassem Youssef


Wednesday, February 22


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Dubbed the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World”, cardiac surgeon, Bassem Youssef was the host of popular TV show, Al Bernameg – the first political satire shows in the Middle East which quickly became the most-watched show across the Middle East with 30 million viewers every week, and over a million subscribers to its YouTube channel. Throughout its three seasons, it was controversial through its humorous yet bold criticism of the region’s ruling powers, which led to multiple lawsuits filed against the show and its host. In June 2014, Youssef announced the termination of the show due to overwhelming pressures on both the show and the broadcaster. Shortly after, Youssef moved to the U.S. and has appeared as a Senior Middle East Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, plus hosted a digital series, The Democracy Handbook. Youssef released a book about his experience: Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring. He was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013; and was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the CPJ. He was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the global thinkers during the same year. Youssef currently performs his one-man show, LATE FOR DEMOCRACY around the globe.

Age 19+

Wheelchair Accessible