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Bassem Youssef
باسم يوسف
Youssef in 2016
Bassem Raafat Mohamed Youssef

(1974-03-22) 22 March 1974 (age 50)
Cairo, Egypt
  • Egypt
  • United States[1]
Alma materCairo University (MD)
  • Comedian
  • television host
  • surgeon
Years active2011–present
  • Satire
  • stand-up comedy
TelevisionAl Bernameg
The B+ Show
Hala Diab
(m. 2010)

Bassem Raafat Mohamed Youssef (Arabic: باسم رأفت محمد يوسف, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈbæːsem ˈɾɑʔfɑt mæˈħæmmæd ˈjuːsef]; born 22 March 1974) is an Egyptian-American comedian, television host, and surgeon.[2][3] Beginning his career with The B+ Show (2011), which was inspired by his experience during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, he later rose to prominence as the host of El Bernameg (2011–2014), a satirical comedy show focused on Egyptian politics. In 2015, Youssef hosted the 43rd International Emmy Awards in New York City.

In 2013, Youssef was named one of the "100 most influential people in the world"[4][5] by Time magazine and one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers. His life and career was profiled in the 2017 American documentary film Tickling Giants, and he also authored Revolution For Dummies that same year.[6][7] In 2023, Youssef drew international media attention after engaging in a virtual interview on Piers Morgan Uncensored, in which he spoke about the 2023 Hamas-led attack on Israel and the broader Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

Education and medical career[edit]

Youssef graduated from Cairo University's Faculty of Medicine, majoring in cardiothoracic surgery, in 1998. He passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination and has been a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) since February 2007.[8] He practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Egypt for 13 years, until his move into comedy and political satire.[9] He also received training in cardiac and lung transplantation in Germany, after which he spent a year and a half in the United States working for a company that produces medical equipment related to cardiothoracic surgery. In January 2011, Youssef assisted the wounded in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution.[10] Youssef has credited surgery for making him "a much harder working person, a nerd, a perfectionist."[11]

Media career[edit]

2011–2014: Breakthrough in Egypt[edit]

Graffiti art depicting Youssef at Tahrir Square in the city of Cairo, 2012

The B+ Show (2011)[edit]

Inspired by the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Youssef created his first satirical show in March 2011. The initial idea came from his friend Tarek El Kazzaz.[12] Entitled The B+ Show after his blood type,[13] the program, at 5 minutes per episode, was uploaded to his YouTube channel in May 2011[14] and gained more than five million views in the first three months alone.[15] 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 El Kazzaz, 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.

Al Bernameg (2011–2014)[edit]

After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV, owned by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, offered Youssef a deal for Al Bernameg (literally,The Program) a news satire show. Youssef had planned to move to Cleveland to practice medicine but instead signed his show's contract.[12] With a budget of roughly half a million dollars, the series made him the first Internet-to-TV conversion in the Middle East.[16] The show, which consisted of 104 episodes, premiered during Ramadan 1432 (2011) with Egyptian-American engineer Muhammad Radwan as its first guest.[17] In his show, Youssef has parodied such Egyptian celebrities as show host Tawfik Okasha, composer Amr Mostafa, Salafist presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, and Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and onetime presidential candidate.[citation needed] The show became the platform for many writers, artists, and politicians to speak freely about the social and political scene.[citation needed] Al-Bernameg's success inspired a number of amateur initiatives on various social media channels, who credit The B+ Show as their inspiration.[15] In June 2012, Jon Stewart invited Youssef to The Daily Show for an extended interview, "I do know a little something about the humour business; your show is sharp, you're really good on it, it's smart, it's well executed, I think the world of what you're doing down there", Stewart said to Youssef.[18] The segment was one of the highest in viewership on The Daily Show's website.[citation needed]

Following the success of The B+ Show on YouTube and the first season of Al Bernameg on ONTV, Tarek ElKazzaz convinced an old friend, Ahmed Abbas, to join QSoft as chief operations officer and Project Director for Al Bernameg with the mission of developing and upgrading the show into a multifaceted and global brand.[citation needed] This was done with the help of a team that covered many disciplines, including marketing, operations, legal and public relations.[citation needed] This all helped in developing both Youssef and Al-Bernameg on all levels and created a global audience.[citation needed] The show was renewed for a second season after a contract with a second channel, CBC, which premiered on 23 November 2012.[citation needed] The second season consisted of 29 episodes and has recorded one of the highest viewership ratings on both TV and internet with 40 million viewers on TV and more than 184 million combined views for his show on YouTube alone.[citation needed] The program, which began with a small group working at home with Youssef, moved from ONTV's smallest studio to Radio Theatre in Cairo's downtown, a theatre redesigned in the likeness of New York's Radio City, making it the first live audience show in Egypt.[19][20][21] The contents of a typical show's broadcast have evolved, which began with a sarcastic take on current political events, and eventually incorporating the hosting of public figures and stars from various fields, as well as various artists' performances. Following the move, Youssef succeeded in increasing the show's worth by eight times in one year.[22][23] The show gained tremendous success through its criticism of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, representing the Muslim Brotherhood.[citation needed]

On the season's premiere, Youssef made the owner and coworkers of his channel the subject of his show, as an assurance that he is granted full freedom of expression, and that no topic was off limits.[24][25] CBC did not, however, air his second episode, which also featured further criticism of a TV show host who filed a lawsuit against Youssef. The show returned to its regular schedule for the third episode. Just three episodes into the show, several lawsuits were filed against Youssef and his show, accusing him of insulting Islam, Morsi and disrupting public order and peace. In March 2013, Youssef started writing a weekly column expressing his views for Al-Shorouk; one of Egypt's most prominent and independent daily newspapers.[26] Youssef also wrote newspaper columns, where he tackled taboo subjects such as atheism and questioning the commonly held view that apostasy from Islam should be punishable by death.[27] On 18 March 2014, he faced plagiarism accusations by his readers, and through Twitter, by the original British writer, Ben Judah, who wrote the article for Politico magazine. He later published an apology in El Sherouk newspaper for initially publishing an article without citing any references.[28]

Youssef at the University of California in 2014

As Al Bernameg continued with its growing success, Jon Stewart appeared as a guest on the show in June 2013.[29] On 1 July 2013 America in Arabic[citation needed] (United Arab Emirates) debuted.[30] He appeared for the second time on The Daily Show.[31] After a four-month break, Al Bernameg returned to air on CBC for its third series on 25 October 2013. The season premiere marked the first broadcast for the show since the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état had deposed Mohamed Morsi from the Egyptian presidency. Youssef criticised both the Morsi administration and the people's idolization of the Egyptian Defense Minister Abdul Fatah al-Sisi. The following day the CBC network issued a statement distancing the channel from the political stance taken by Youssef. The CBC network issued another statement, and decided to stop broadcasting Al Bernameg because of violations in the contract signed.[32] Meanwhile, more than 30 complaints against Youssef and the show were filed at the General Prosecutor's office, accusing him of insulting the Egyptian Armed Forces and President Adly Mansour and describing the June 30 protests as a military coup, in addition to disrupting public order and peace. The General Prosecutor transferred some of the complaints for investigation, which were subject to the prosecutor's decision and judgment.[33]

After terminating the contract with CBC, the production company behind Al Bernameg received offers from different TV channels. The third season was scheduled to air during the first quarter of 2014. In February 2014 it was announced that Youssef had signed a deal with the Middle East Broadcasting Center and that they would start broadcasting Al Bernameg from 7 February on MBC MASR satellite channel.[34] Al-Bernameg achieved unprecedented weekly viewership ratings for 11 consecutive weeks. On one of the shows, Youssef mocked the Egyptian military's claims to be able to cure hepatitis C and AIDS.[35] In June 2014, after a six-week break during the 2014 Egyptian presidential election campaign, the Al-Bernameg team held a press conference where Youssef announced the termination of the show due to pressure on both the show and the airing channel.[36][37][38] He felt that the political climate in Egypt was too dangerous to continue the show.[39]

Arrest and investigation (2013)[edit]

On 1 January 2013, the daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that an Egyptian prosecutor was investigating Youssef on charges of maligning President Mohammed Morsi, whose office claimed that Youssef's show was "circulating false news likely to disturb public peace and public security and affect the administration."[40] Despite all of the controversy it sparks, Al Bernameg has been a major success.[41] It is constantly topping the regional YouTube charts, making Youssef's YouTube channel the most subscribed to in Egypt.[41]

On 30 March 2013, an arrest warrant was issued for Youssef for allegedly insulting Islam and Morsi. The move was seen by opponents as part of an effort to silence dissent against Morsi's government.[42] Youssef confirmed the arrest warrant on his Twitter account and said he would hand himself in to the prosecutor's office, jokingly adding, "Unless they kindly send a police van today and save me the transportation hassle."[43] The following day, he was questioned by authorities before being released on bail of 15,000 Egyptian pounds.[44][45] The event sparked international media attention[46] as well as a segment on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show in which he declared his support for Youssef, calling him a "friend" and "brother".[47]

Coup d'état (2013)[edit]

Bassem had been a consistent supporter of the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état and was supportive of the media clampdown which included the arrests of several employees of various stations, despite it being carried out by the military with no due process, and celebrated the coup's aftermath in a song and dance number sung to the tune of Old MacDonald.[48][49][50]

Bassem backed the forcible removal of Morsi, declaring himself "very glad" with the putsch. As news reports were trickling in that dozens of Muslim Brotherhood supporters had been shot dead by security forces, He tweeted that the entire incident amounted to nothing more than "blood for publicity" and blamed the organisation itself for its supporters being murdered.[51]

Youssef was widely recognized for his bold criticism of the Mosri government, however his approach also extended to labeling many of his opponents as being "Muslim Brotherhood", regardless of their actual affiliations. According to a Vox, "The Youssef who we do not typically see in the United States is the satirist who didn't just challenge the Muslim Brotherhood government — but who went a step further, vilifying the regular Egyptians who supported the Islamist government, characterizing them as lesser citizens or internal enemies in a way that played into Egypt's hate-filled political polarization, Sisi's coup, and the disastrous consequences of both. Indeed, Youssef cheered on the military coup — as well as the bloodshed of anti-coup protesters, because unlike him they were Islamists."[52]

Bassem's support for the military coup and his criticism of anti-coup protesters were evident in his public statements and social media activity. For instance, on 5 July 2013, Bassem tweeted, "MB leadership sending its youths to die at army HQs to victimize themselves against the world. Blood for publicity. Cheap. #not_a_coup." This tweet has since been deleted.[53][54] Following the killing of over 50 protestors in front of the Republican Guard HQ on the morning of 7 July. Youssef reportedly made no comment other than "Kifaya" (enough) in response to the incident.[55]

Bassem Youssef characterized the MB as "the new form of Nazis," a statement he made both on his show and on social media.[55][56]

Emigration from Egypt[edit]

After Al Bernameg ended, the Egyptian police under the El-Sisi regime raided the offices of the production company, arresting several employees and confiscating their computers. According to Youssef, the police told producer Amr Ismail that they would continue harassing the company if Youssef did not stop speaking publicly at international conferences. The Egyptian courts then levied a E£50 million fine against Youssef in a contract dispute with CBC. In the verdict, the courts condemned satirical television shows and implied that Youssef was disrupting the peace and inciting public unrest. Fearing he would be arrested if he stayed in Egypt, Youssef fled to Dubai on 11 November 2014.[57]

2015–present: Career in the United States[edit]

In January 2015, Harvard's Institute of Politics (IOP), at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, announced that Youssef would be a resident fellow for the spring semester.[58][59] In February 2015, it was announced that Youssef was collaborating with The Daily Show producer Sara Taksler[60] to launch a crowdfunding campaign for her documentary about his experience, Tickling Giants.[61] Youssef stated that he couldn't say no to her request to do the documentary as, "at the time, she was working at The Daily Show, and I didn't want to say no to anybody working with Jon Stewart. So I basically said 'yes' to be on his good side, but I discovered it didn't really make any difference".[62]

In November 2015, Youssef hosted the 43rd International Emmy Awards in New York City.[63] In the fall of 2016, Youssef was a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). His research interests were stated as "political satire and its role in disrupting political, social and religious taboos."[64][65]

In February 2016, it was announced that Youssef had reached a deal with Fusion to produce a digital series, Democracy Handbook with Bassem Youssef.[66] The show premiered online and in a one-hour broadcast special in mid-July 2016.[67] Tickling Giants, a documentary film about Youssef directed by Sara Taksler, premiered on 14 April 2016, at the Tribeca Film Festival. John Oliver and Ed Helms were moderators for Q&As at screenings in Los Angeles.[68]

Advocacy during the Israel–Hamas war[edit]

In October 2023, Youssef signed an open letter for the "Artists4Ceasefire" campaign alongside other artists, urging President Joe Biden to push for a ceasefire and an end to the killing of civilians amid the 2023 Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.[69] On 17 October 2023, Youssef drew international media attention after engaging in a virtual interview on Piers Morgan Uncensored, in which he spoke—often satirically—about the recent Hamas attack on Israel and the ensuing Israel–Hamas war, as well as the broader Israeli–Palestinian conflict. He also drew comparisons with the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and criticized the Israeli military's tactics in the Gaza Strip, questioning how the Western world would perceive Israel's response to the attack if it was being conducted by Russian troops.[70] The video garnered 17 million views by 22 October, becoming the channel's most viewed video.[71] On 1 November 2023, Youssef was brought back onto the show for an in-person interview after Piers Morgan visited him in Los Angeles for a more serious discussion, with Youssef mostly refraining from satire and debating with Morgan on antisemitism and the historic Arab–Israeli conflict.[72]

Since his interview with Morgan, Youssef has continued his pro-Palestinian commentary by engaging in debates on numerous podcasts and news channels, such as the PBD Podcast, ABC News Australia, LeBatard Show, TRT World, Al Arabiya, India Today [73] and BBC's HARDtalk.[74][75][76] Regarding the 2024 Presidential Election, Youssef stated in the interview that he doesn't care about former President Donald Trump winning but doesn't want President Joe Biden to win re-election. In his words, "All we asked him (Biden) for was a ceasefire. Stop the killing. Stop the killing."[77][78]


On 19 April 2024, it was announced that Youssef will join Mehdi Hasan's new media company, Zeteo, as co-host for their new podcast 'We're Not Kidding'.[79]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Tickling Giants Himself Documentary feature [80]
2022 Under the Roses Actor Short film [81]
2023 Upsidedown Actor Short film [82]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 The B+ Show Himself YouTube satirical program
2012-2014 Al Bernameg Himself / Host Also creator; 3 seasons [83]
2016 Democracy Handbook Himself / Host Also creator; webseries [84]
2017 Duck Tales Sabaf / Toth-Ra Voice; Episode: "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!" [85]
2018 Apple and Onion Kobeba / Kofta Voice; Episode: "Falafel's Fun Day" [85]
2020 Ask Bassem Himself / Host Also writer; 3 episodes [86]
2021 The Problem with Jon Stewart Himself Episode: "The Problem with Freedom" [85]
2022 Mo Abood Rahman 2 episodes [85]
2022 Ramy Gamal Episode: "Limoges" [85]
2022 The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Jon Stewart Himself Television special [85]
2023 Special Ops: Lioness Amrohi Episode: "Gone is the Illusion of Order" [87]
2023 Upload Miro Mansour 4 episodes [85]

Accolades and influence[edit]

In 2013, Youssef was named one of the "100 most influential people in the world"[4] by Time magazine and one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers. In November 2013, Youssef's role in the media was recognized by the committee to Protect Journalists, which awarded him with the International Press Freedom Award, along with three other journalists.[88][89]

In 2015, Youssef received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address for the College of Online & Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University.[90] Al Bernameg was chosen by South by Southwest, one of the largest international interactive festivals, as the first and most successful internet to TV conversion story in the Middle East. Al Bernameg's YouTube channel was the first channel in the MENA region to reach one million subscribers and was awarded the gold button trophy.

Youssef's comedic style has led to him being dubbed "Egypt's Jon Stewart"[91] after Stewart's satirical The Daily Show, which had itself inspired Youssef to pursue a career in television.[92][93][94] In 2013, he was named on Time 100.[95]

On 2 May 2024 Bassem Youssef was awarded the ″Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse″, College Historical Society, Trinity College Dublin. In his talk he spoke about advocacy for Palestine and the Israel–Gaza war, being arrested for jokes, and the crackdown on free expression.[96]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Youssef married Hala Diab, with whom he has a daughter and a son.[97] The family resides in Los Angeles, California.[97][98] Diab is half Egyptian and half Palestinian; her Palestinian family is originally from Ramla and was displaced to the Egyptian-occupied Gaza Strip during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.[99] Youssef identifies as a Muslim.[100] He has refused to return to Egypt while it is under the rule of the current military regime.[101] Youssef became a naturalised American citizen in 2019.[1]

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