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Bassem Youssef went from being a heart surgeon to becoming one of the world’s most popular comedians. Known as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem’s powerful story of taking on his country’s leaders through satire is chronicled in the documentary film “Tickling Giants.”

Since coming to the United States, Bassem has starred in Fusion TV’s “Democracy Handbook,” written a book titled “Revolution for Dummies” and is currently working with comedian Larry Wilmore to develop a pilot for ABC.

In a time in our world when hope may seem bleak, Bassem encourages us to keep going. Will he be back with a new show like the one he hosted in Egypt? Will Bassem and Jon Stewart perform together? What’s Bassem’s advice for aspiring performers and what’s he most looking forward to in 2018? Learn the answers to all this and more in our interview!

 

(Published January 24, 2017)