Bassem Youssef / Neptune Theater / Seattle / Tickets
Bassem Raafat Muhammad Youssef born 22 March 1974) is an Egyptian comedian, writer, producer, physician, media critic, and television host, who hosted Al-Bernameg (The Show), a satirical news program, from 2011 to 2014. The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. In 2013, he was named one of the “100 most influential people in the world” by Time magazine.Youssef’s current projects are Tickling Giants, The Democracy Handbook, and “Revolution For Dummies”.
Inspired by the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Youssef created his first satirical show in March 2011. Entitled The B+ Show after his blood type, the program, at 5 minutes per episode, was uploaded to his YouTube Channel in May 2011 and gained more than five million views in the first three months alone.The show was shot in Youssef’s laundry room using a table, a chair, one camera, and a mural of amateur photos from Tahrir Square that cost $100. The show was a collaboration by Youssef with Tarek ElKazzaz, Amr Ismail, Mohamed Khalifa, and Mostafa Al-Halawany. Youssef used social media to showcase his talent and his show gave a voice to the millions of Egyptians who were seething with anger from the traditional media’s coverage of the Egyptian Revolution.