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Bassem Youssef: The Joke is Mightier Than the Sword

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Portland'5 welcomes Bassem Youssef to Portland for The Joke is Mightier Than the Sword. Bassem Youssef, dubbed the "Jon Stewart of the Arab World," was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon when he became the creator and host of popular TV show Al- Bernameg — the first political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show shot from Youssef’s laundry room and posted on YouTube days after protests in Tahir Square unseated Egypt’s ruling elite, Al-Bernameg became the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week.

In 2013, Youssef was named one of Time’s "100 Most Influential People" and was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In 2015 Youssef served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has been a reoccurring guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and recently hosted the 2015 International Emmy Awards. He comes to Portland for the launch of a new book, Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring.

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