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Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Bassem Youssef

Designation: Comedian

Country: Egypt

As riots in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against president Hosni Mubarak took place, cardiothoracic surgeon Bassem Youssef was called into action to assist wounded protestors. But the doctor’s talents also lay in other areas.

Youssef’s satirical news programme, ‘The Show’, has lampooned many of Egypt’s most prominent personalities. His Yutube channel has become one of the most popular in Egypt, and he was even invited to appear on the Daily Show, which is hosted by Jon Stewart. However, Youssef’s newfound popularity has come at a cost; he was accused of defaming former president Mohammed Mursi on two occasions. After a show satirising Field Marshal Al Sisi, Egypt’s military leader, Youssef’s network dropped the show. It has been picked up by Dubai-based MBC.

‘The Jon Stewart of the Nile’

‘The Show’ was the first internet to TV conversion in the Middle East when it was picked up by ONTV.