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Bassem Youssef: The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword

Dubbed “the Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” Bassem Youssef was the creator and host of the wildly popular TV show Al–Bernameg, the first political satire show in the Middle East, controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of the ruling powers, and the most watched program in the region from 2011–14 with 30 million viewers every week.

In The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword, Bassem shares his personal story and his thoughts on the political climate that led to the Arab Spring, its parallels to the current state of American politics, and how propaganda lays the foundation for dictatorial regimes.

And don't miss Tickling Giants, Sara Taksler’s documentary about Bassem Youssef on July 29 at 4pm in the Studio Theatre.

“Bassem Youssef is my hero.”
– Jon Stewart on Youssef being named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

Watch as Bassem Youssef interviews Jon Stewart (in English)


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Thursday, July 26
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
231 Queens Quay West
Media PartnerCBC Toronto
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