On Politics and Satire: A Conversation with Bassem Youssef

On Politics and Satire: A Conversation with Bassem Youssef

Monday, September 28, 2015
7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center

655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305

  • Bassem Youssef

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This is a ticketed event, only guests with tickets will be admitted. Directions and parking information is available below. This event is hosted by the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and co-sponsored by OpenXChange, Stanford in Government and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.  



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International media sensation and Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef, also known as the “Arab Jon Stewart,” will share with the Stanford community his thoughts on why political satire has come to embody an important element of modern day politics. He will also reflect on his own experience as the co-founder and host of the internationally acclaimed political satire talk show “Al-Bernameg.” Youssef will discuss the challenges and obstacles he faced in providing the Egyptian public alternative viewpoints on politics not represented by the mainstream news media.


Speaker Bio


Named one of TIME’s “100 most influential people in the world” in 2013, Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian satirist, columnist, and talk show host. A cardiac surgeon by training, Youssef turned to comedy after he was inspired by the Egyptian revolution. He uploaded the first episode of his homemade newscast, “The B+ Show,” to YouTube in May 2011. After it garnered more than 5 million views in three months, Youssef was named the host of “Al-Bernameg,” a satirical newscast modeled after Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Youssef’s bold, intelligent, and humorous critiques of Egyptian politics quickly became a hit with audiences in the country and garnered more than 40 million viewers. In 2012, Mohamed Morsi’s government pursued charges against Youssef for "insulting the president," “insulting Islam," and “reporting false news.” In March 2013, Youssef was briefly detained, released on bail, and fined. CBC suspended the broadcast of “Al-Bernameg” in November 2013. In 2014, Youssef announced that he was ending the program due to the dangerous political climate in Egypt. In the spring of 2015 Youssef served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has recently been announced as the host of the International Emmy Awards gala of 2015.



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