The stakes have been raised for political satirists in Egypt. Bassem Youssef, one of the more recognisable political comedians to emerge from the January 25 Revolution, has faced multiple charges in the past year.
His crimes: insult and defamation of political and religious figures. Luckily, he managed to evade these lawsuits and continues to entertain Egyptian audiences with his wildly popular program called…The Program (he was conserving his creativity for future episodes). Today, from 1-3PM, AUC invites Bassem to debate Nageh Ibrahim on the topic of political satire. This is a perfect excuse to take a break from work and see one of our favourite faces get in the ring with a long beard.
Standing in the liberals’ corner is…..Bassem Youssef. For the ignorant among you, Bassem Youssef does not have a long history of professional acting. Instead, he is a cardiothoracic surgeon who busted onto the political scene by serving as a volunteer doctor in Tahrir Square during the revolution. Now, he serves as the host of El Bernameg (The Program) which bares an uncanny resemblance to the American satirist Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.