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Dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, Egyptian heart surgeon turned world-famous political comedian, Bassem Youssef was the creator and host of the first political satire show in the Middle East and the most watched show in the Arab World with 30 million viewers each week. Throughout its three season, Al-Bernameg remained controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of the ruling powers. During its final season in 2014, the show achieved unprecedented ratings before Youssef announced its termination due to overwhelming political pressures on the show and the airing channels.

Shortly after, Youssef moved to the United States and served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Since then, he has appeared as a Senior Middle East Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, hosted a digital series, The Democracy Handbook and starred in Tickling Giants, a documentary by Sara Taksler featuring Youssef’s story with Al Bernameg. Youssef also released a book about his experience: Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring.

In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013 - under the "Pioneers” category, 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.

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