50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East


Bassem Youssef, Egypt

Bassem Youssef, Egypt

Since Egypt's revolution, Bassem Youssef, a heart surgeon, has revolutionized the country's political satire arena with his online segments and, now, TV show. When the narratives on the street and state media conflicted during last year's uprisings in Tahrir Square, the absurdities struck Youssef. Through impersonations and witty takes on the day's news, he's moved beyond local slapstick fare. During a recent trip to the United States, Youssef met his match, or one of his influences, when he was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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