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Bassem Youssef (2017)

Bassem Raafat Muhammad Youssef is an Egyptian comedian, writer, producer, physician, media critic, and television host, who hosted Al-Bernameg, a satirical news program, from 2011 to 2014.

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About the Bassem Youssef Interview

At the start of the Arab Spring in Egypt, I decided to leave my job as a heart surgeon to become a late-night comedian. We wanted to find a creative, non-violent way to protect free speech and fight a president who abused his power.

I am the subject of Tickling Giants (100% on RT!), a new documentary directed by a senior producer at The Daily Show. You can buy the movie on iTunes starting today!
(It's un-rated by the MPAA, just like this AMA.)

I also wrote a book - Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring

You'll laugh, you'll cry, and I'll make 20 cents.

I'm being helped with typing by a kind gentleman at an English-only computer, so questions in Arabic are okay, but things will move faster if we keep things to English.

Bassem Youssef Jun 06, 2017