Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular TV show AlBernameg – which was the first of its kind political satire show in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region.
The show remained controversial through its humorous yet bold criticism of the ruling powers, which led to lawsuits against the show and its host. In 2014, the show was terminated due to overwhelming pressures.
In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013, was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the CPJ, and was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the global thinkers during the same year.
In 2015 Youssef served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F Kennedy School of Government. During his stay in the US, he appeared as Senior Middle East Correspondent on The Daily Show.
Youssef is currently hosting The Democracy Handbook for Fusion Network’s digital platform. He is also the star of the internationally renowned documentary “Tickling Giants” featuring his story with AlBernameg. Youssef recently released a book about his experience, Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring where he gives different perspectives and insights on the Egyptian political scene.
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