Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts presents Bassem Youssef: The Joke is Mightier Than the Sword
Egyptian surgeon-turned-satirist Bassem Youssef, dubbed the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” will speak at this special event.
Youssef was the host of the political satire TV show AlBernameg, the first of its kind in the Middle East. He got his start humbly on YouTube with The B+ Show, but soon soared to popularity. AlBernameg grew to be the most watched show in Egypt with 30 million viewers tuning in every week. It aired from 2011 to 2014, remaining controversial with its humorous yet bold criticisms of the ruling powers. Despite receiving unprecedented viewership ratings, AlBernameg was canceled in its third season due to lawsuits and overwhelming pressure on the show and the airing channel.