Tickling Giants: Film Screening and A Conversation with Bassem Youssef

Tickling Giants: Film Screening and A Conversation with Bassem Youssef

Film Screening


Bassem Youssef, Visiting Scholar, CDDRL

Date and Time

November 29, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM



RSVP required by 5PM November 29.


Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305


This film screening is hosted by the Arab Reform and Democracy Program at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. 


This is a ticketed event, only guests with tickets will be admitted. Please print out your tickets before the event and present them at the door. All persons, regardless of age, require a ticket. Directions and parking information is available below. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. 


About Tickling Giants:

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that’s every mother’s worst nightmare… He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East. In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes. As Bassem attempts to remain on the air, keep his staff safe, and not get arrested, he continues to let those in power know they’re being held accountable. Despite increasing danger, the team at Al Bernameg employ comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Directed by Sara Taksler, Tickling Giants follows the team of Al Bernameg as they discover democracy is not easily won. For more information visit http://ticklinggiants.com


About Bassem Youssef:

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. Due to its sharp criticism of Egyptian leaders, Al-Bernameg faced political pressure from successive governments until it was finally taken off the air in the summer of 2014. Recently, Youssef launched “The Democracy Handbook,” a Fusion TV digital series that satirizes American politics through a Middle Eastern perspective. Youssef is currently a Visiting Scholar at CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy. He served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2015.


Event Information:

-- Movie duration: 111 mins
-- Q&A with Bassem Youssef after the movie
-- Food and drink are prohibited in all indoor venues
-- Cameras and all recording devices are prohibited
-- Guests will be ask to turn off cell phones, pagers and alarms during the event



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