Media@McGill is pleased to present Bassem Youssef who will give a talk entitled, "Tickling Giants". Montreal activist and poet Ehab Lotayef will join him in dialogue, followed by an audience Q&A.
This event will take place on Monday, November 13, 2017 and is free and open to the public.
EVENT IS SOLD OUT - TICKETHOLDERS: PLEASE PRINT TICKETS AND BRING WITH YOU TO EVENT.
SEE LIVESTREAM HERE (STARTING AT 5:30 P.M.)
Bassem Youssef, dubbed the "Jon Stewart of the Arab World", was the host of popular TV show AlBernameg - which was the first of its kind political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show on YouTube, AlBernameg became the first online to TV conversion in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week.
AlBernameg 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 Jon Stewart twice in June 2012 and April 2013. In June 2013, Youssef hosted Jon Stewart on AlBernameg in Cairo marking the second season’s peak.
Throughout its three seasons AlBernameg remained controversial through its humorous yet bold criticism of the ruling powers, which led to tens of lawsuits being filed against the show and its host. Youssef was even issued an arrest warrant in March 2013 and turned himself in the next day where he was questioned for five hours and released on bail. In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013 - under the “Pioneers” category, was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the CPJ, and was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the global thinkers during the same year.
Youssef is currently hosting a digital series titled “The Democracy Handbook” for Fusion Network, namely on its new digital platform F-Comedy. He is also the star of an internationally renowned documentary titled “Tickling Giants” featuring Youssef’s story with AlBernameg. Youssef has recently released a book about his experience Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring, where he gives a different perspective and insights on the Egyptian political scene through the Arab spring and after.
Youssef majored in cardiothoracic surgery, passed the United States Medical License Exam (USMLE) and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS).