Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler Take on Fragile Egos and Authoritarian Regimes in ‘Tickling Giants’
Bassem Youssef has been through a lot. If you aren’t familiar with Youssef, he’s often described as “The Jon Stewart of Egypt,” but that’s more of a convenient shorthand. Youssef created and spent three years hosting the enormously successful Egyptian television show Al... [Read More]
Samantha Bee Chats with Bassem Youssef About Comedy and Resistance Under Dictatorship
Here’s a clip from last night’s Full Frontal, where Samantha Bee heads to the bunker to chat with Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef — AKA “the Egyptian Samantha Bee,” according to Samantha Bee — about his experience hosting a satirical political news show that ulti... [Read More]
Samantha Bee Chats with Bassem Youssef About Comedy and Resistance Under Dictatorship
Here’s a clip from last night’s Full Frontal, where Samantha Bee heads to the bunker to chat with Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef — AKA “the Egyptian Samantha Bee,” according to Samantha Bee — about his experience hosting a satirical political news show that ulti... [Read More]
Here’s the Trailer for Bassem Youssef’s Fusion Series ‘Democracy Handbook’
Back in February, Fusion ordered a new series hosted by Bassem Youssef called Democracy Handbook, and now the show has a trailer and premiere date. The series follows Youssef “as he comes to America to learn the lessons of democracy, so he can import them back to the Middle East — but le... [Read More]
Fusion Orders Two Web Series and ‘The Democracy Handbook’ Starring Bassem Youssef
Fusion just added some new shows to its slate, including a series starring Bassem Youssef AKA “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” The network announced today that it’s signed a production deal with Youssef, which includes an order for a new digital series/television special combo called Th... [Read More]
Fusion Orders Two Web Series and ‘The Democracy Handbook’ Starring Bassem Youssef
Fusion just added some new shows to its slate, including a series starring Bassem Youssef AKA “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” The network announced today that it’s signed a production deal with Youssef, which includes an order for a new digital series/television special combo called Th... [Read More]
Bassem Youssef says 'get stuffed' to those who claim the Arab spring failed
Satirist whose show took Egypt by storm says the seeds of subversive humour he helped plant will be nurtured by a generation who has grown up online The Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef jokes that his compatriots joined the Arab spring revolt not because they wanted justice or democracy, but out of ... [Read More]
Bassem Youssef Stops by 'The Daily Show' to Explain the Middle East Proxy Wars
by Megh Wright Here's a clip from "Egypt's Jon Stewart" Bassem Youssef's appearance on last night's Daily Show, where he expresses a little disappointment in not being considered for Trevor Noah's recent promotion and explains the complicated proxy wars in the Middle East using a metaphor Americans ... [Read More]
'Tickling Giants': The Story of the Meteoric Rise of Egypt's Jon Stewart and His Crusade for Freedom of Expression
by Laura Turner Garrison Occasional Daily Show guest and one-time member of the Time 100 Influential Persons of the Year Bassem Youssef is more than just a late night host, cutting-edge satirist, and champion of free speech. He’s also a surgeon. Up until 2011, he did that job full-time. Inspir... [Read More]
Egyptian elections, military might prompt Bassem Youssef’s cancellation; but one final salute from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Arab Spring helped give rise to political satire that allowed a former heart surgeon to speak to millions throughout Egypt over the past three years. Last week, Egyptians elected former Army General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as their new president with more than 96 percent of the vote. And like that,... [Read More]