Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular TV show Al-Bernameg - which was the first of its kind political satire show in the Middle East region. Originally an online 5-minute show, Al-Bernameg became the most watched show in the history of Egyptian TV with an average of 40 million viewers every week. It all started in 2011 when Bassem, who was a heart surgeon ready to leave to Cleveland, started a 5-minute show on YouTube satirizing the state run media which was spreading lies and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Arab Spring. That developed fast into a full-blown TV show with millions of followers. Al-Bernameg received wide acclaim around the world with coverage in some of the biggest media outlets, topping it off with Youssef’s appearance on the Daily Show with his idol Jon Stewart not once but four times. Stewart also made the trip to Cairo to support his protégé and was a guest of his show. Youssef was popular with the people but not so much with the different regimes. Harassments and threats continued pushing Bassem to flee to the United States where he now lives in Los Angeles.
Bassem is now reinventing his career as a satirists, comedian and a storyteller but in a different country and a different language that is not his own. When he is not touring around doing his live performances he is hosting his podcast “Remade in America” or working online changing people eating habits through plant based whole food diet. Bassem has written the best selling book “Revolution for Dummies” and was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary “Tickling Giants” In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013.