“Bassem Youssef is my hero.” – Jon Stewart
Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME magazine and one of Foreign Policy magazine’s list of “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” Bassem Youssef was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon before 2011. But when the Arab Spring inspired millions of Egyptians to take to the streets and protest their dictatorial political regime, Youssef created a series of humorous, yet controversial political webisodes to spark further public conversation.
Garnering an enormous public following, Al-Bernameg (The Program) – a satirical new program and the first-of-its-kind in the Middle East became the most popular television show in Egypt’s history, with an average of 30 million viewers every week.
In «The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword,» Youssef shares his personal story and his thoughts on the political climate that led to the Arab Spring, its parallels to the current state of American politics and how propaganda lays the foundation for dictatorial regimes.
OZ Arts will host a Q&A for the audience following the performance.