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Bassem Youssef

Comedian & TV Host

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Bassem Youssef Biography

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular TV show Al-Bernameg - which was the first of its kind political satire show in the Middle East region. Originally an online 5-minute show, Al-Bernameg became the most watched show in the history of Egyptian TV with an average of 40 million viewers every week, in addition to over 2 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.2 billion views on his own channel and other channels.

It all started in 2011 when Youssef, who was a heart surgeon ready to leave to Cleveland, started a 5-minute show on YouTube satirizing the state run media which was spreading lies and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Arab Spring. That developed fast into a full-blown TV show with millions of followers.

Al-Bernameg received wide acclaim around the world with coverage in some of the biggest media outlets, topping it off with Youssef’s appearance on the Daily Show with his idol Jon Stewart. Not once but four times. Stewart also made the trip to Cairo to support his prodigy and was a guest of his show.

Youssef was popular with the people but not so much with the different regimes. Under the Muslim Brotherhood regime, a warrant for his arrest was issued and Youssef went through a 6 hours interrogation after which he was released on bail. Youssef continued to poke fun of the people in power and he didn’t stop even after the popular military took over, costing him to be cancelled twice and pushed to terminate his show. Harassments and threats continued, pushing Youssef to flee to the United States where he now lives in Los Angeles.

Youssef is now reinventing his career as a satirist comedian and a story teller, but in a different country and a different language that is not his own. When he is not touring around doing his live performances he is hosting his podcast “Remade in America” or working online changing people’s eating habits through a plant based whole food diet. Youssef wrote the bestselling book “Revolution for Dummies” and is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary “Tickling Giants.”

In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among Time Magazine’s most influential list for 2013. In November 2013, he was named one of four recipients by the Committee to Protect Journalists for the International Press Freedom Award. In February 2015, Youssef was a spring fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In November 2015, Youssef hosted the International Emmy Awards in New York as the first non-American, non-European personality to ever host such an event.

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Bassem Youssef Biography

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular TV show Al-Bernameg - which was the first of its kind political satire show in the Middle East region. Originally an online 5-minute show, Al-Bernameg became the most watched show in the history of Egyptian TV with an average of 40 million viewers every week, in addition to over 2 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.2 billion views on his own channel and other channels.

It all started in 2011 when Youssef, who was a heart surgeon ready to leave to Cleveland, started a 5-minute show on YouTube satirizing the state run media which was spreading lies and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Arab Spring. That developed fast into a full-blown TV show with millions of followers.

Al-Bernameg received wide acclaim around the world with coverage in some of the biggest media outlets, topping it off with Youssef’s appearance on the Daily Show with his idol Jon Stewart. Not once but four times. Stewart also made the trip to Cairo to support his prodigy and was a guest of his show.

Youssef was popular with the people but not so much with the different regimes. Under the Muslim Brotherhood regime, a warrant for his arrest was issued and Youssef went through a 6 hours interrogation after which he was released on bail. Youssef continued to poke fun of the people in power and he didn’t stop even after the popular military took over, costing him to be cancelled twice and pushed to terminate his show. Harassments and threats continued, pushing Youssef to flee to the United States where he now lives in Los Angeles.

Youssef is now reinventing his career as a satirist comedian and a story teller, but in a different country and a different language that is not his own. When he is not touring around doing his live performances he is hosting his podcast “Remade in America” or working online changing people’s eating habits through a plant based whole food diet. Youssef wrote the bestselling book “Revolution for Dummies” and is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary “Tickling Giants.”

In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among Time Magazine’s most influential list for 2013. In November 2013, he was named one of four recipients by the Committee to Protect Journalists for the International Press Freedom Award. In February 2015, Youssef was a spring fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In November 2015, Youssef hosted the International Emmy Awards in New York as the first non-American, non-European personality to ever host such an event.

Bassem Youssef Videos

  • Bassem Youssef’s Comedy Debut At Joe’s Pub
    Bassem Youssef talks about his comedy residency at Joe’s Pub and what you can expect when watching the show. For full schedule and more videos...
  • Bassem Youssef, "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Moves
  • Bassem Youssef Interview At 2016 Democratic National Convention

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  • How to book Bassem Youssef?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bassem Youssef for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Bassem Youssef, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bassem Youssef or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bassem Youssef?

    Booking fees for Bassem Youssef, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bassem Youssef, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bassem Youssef?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bassem Youssef for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bassem Youssef for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bassem Youssef or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bassem Youssef or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bassem Youssef is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bassem Youssef for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Bassem Youssef generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Justin Willman, Dave Coulier, Nick Mohammed, Adam Carolla and Ian Bremmer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bassem Youssef for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Bassem Youssef Speaker Videos

  • Bassem Youssef’s Comedy Debut At Joe’s Pub
    Bassem Youssef talks about his comedy residency at Joe’s Pub and what you can expect when watching the show. For full schedule and more videos go to BUILDseries.com Follow...
    Bassem Youssef, "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Moves
  • Bassem Youssef Interview At 2016 Democratic National Convention
    Beyond the Revolution - Bassem Youssef - Zeitgeist 2012
  • Beyond the Revolution - Bernard Kouchner, Srdja Popovic, Bassem Youssef
    Beyond the Revolution - Bernard Kouchner, Srdja Popovic, Bassem Youssef

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