Bassem Youssef

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2013

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Bassem Youssef keeps a toy surgeon duck on his desk through his show, referencing his other job as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today. David Degner / Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today. The original Businessweek story can be read here and there is also a video by Willem Marx.

Cairo Egypt - October 04:

Bassem Youssef sits with some of his researchers and writers on top of their temporary offices while their new offices are being renovated.

Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian television comedian with his own show. The first season his politically tilted show was on OnTV and the upcoming season it will be on CBC. Dr. Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian doctor, satirist and the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg (The Program). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career.

(David Degner / Getty Images)

Cairo Egypt - October 04:

Bassem Youssef keeps an eye on the whole process as he and writers parse ideas for the upcoming season.

Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian television comedian with his own show. The first season his politically tilted show was on OnTV and the upcoming season it will be on CBC. Dr. Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian doctor, satirist and the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg (The Program). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career.

(David Degner / Getty Images)

Cairo Egypt - October 04:

In the main room Bassem Youssef keeps an eye on the whole process as he and writers parse ideas for the upcoming season.

Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian television comedian with his own show. The first season his politically tilted show was on OnTV and the upcoming season it will be on CBC. Dr. Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian doctor, satirist and the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg (The Program). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career.

(David Degner / Getty Images)

Bassem Youssef spends more time each with his team of researchers, writers and artists than filming. Researchers comb through the zeitgeist of Egypt's political news, Facebook memes and Twitter chatter to find stories to riff off of. Bassem and his writers bounce ideas back and forth in a small room in their Mohandaseen office.

David Degner / Freelance

Cairo Egypt - October 04:

One of Bassem Youssef's researchers time codes TV programs for anything of interest that can later be used in the program. With about 30 researchers they cull a weeks worth of a wide variety of media from the middle east into snippets for a one hour show.

Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian television comedian with his own show. The first season his politically tilted show was on OnTV and the upcoming season it will be on CBC. Dr. Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian doctor, satirist and the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg (The Program). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career.

(David Degner / Getty Images)

Bassem Youssef spends more time each with his team of researchers, writers and artists than filming. Researchers comb through the zeitgeist of Egypt's political news, Facebook memes and Twitter chatter to find stories to riff off of. Bassem and his writers bounce ideas back and forth in a small room in their Mohandaseen office.

David Degner / Freelance

Cairo Egypt - October 04:

Bassem Youssef's researchers and writers time code TV programs for anything of interest that can later be used in the program. With about 30 researchers they cull a weeks worth of a wide variety of media from the middle east into snippets for a one hour show.

Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian television comedian with his own show. The first season his politically tilted show was on OnTV and the upcoming season it will be on CBC. Dr. Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian doctor, satirist and the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg (The Program). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career.

(David Degner / Getty Images)

Bassem Youssef spends more time each with his team of researchers, writers and artists than filming. Researchers comb through the zeitgeist of Egypt's political news, Facebook memes and Twitter chatter to find stories to riff off of. Bassem and his writers bounce ideas back and forth in a small room in their Mohandaseen office.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef spends more time each with his team of researchers, writers and artists than filming. Researchers comb through the zeitgeist of Egypt's political news, Facebook memes and Twitter chatter to find stories to riff off of. Bassem and his writers bounce ideas back and forth in a small room in their Mohandaseen office.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef gets the final touches of his transformation into Mohammed Salim Al-Awa before a scene satirizing Egyptian presidential candidates. Many shows share the studio at OnTV and they must all schedule around each other.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef changes between scenes at the OnTV studios.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Usually Bassem Youssef satirizes Egypt's political figures as himself, but for a special scene he was transformed by movie makeup specialists into 7 of Egypt's presidential candidates.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef gets the final touches after his transformation into Mohammed Salim Al-Awa an Egyptian presidential candidate.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef in his studio at OnTV.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef keeps a toy surgeon duck on his desk through his show, referencing his other job as a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

For a special skit Bassem Youssef transforms into Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, an ultra-conservative presidential candidate.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef satirizes Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, one Egypt's Presidential candidates in the studios of OnTV.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef get's last minute touchups before his scene as Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, an ultra-conservative presidential candidate.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef keeps a toy surgeon duck on his desk through his show, referencing his other job as a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Bassem Youssef appears on a TV monitor in OnTV's control room.

Bassem Youssef is the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg. He has been compared to American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career. Youssef began his first satirical show in response to the Egyptian Revolution, the program was uploaded to YouTube and gained millions of views. After the success of The B+ Show, Egyptian channel ONTV offered Youssef a deal to create the satirical show Al Bernameg which he has been working on to today.

David Degner / Freelance

Cairo Egypt - October 04:

Bassem Youssef sits with some of his researchers and writers on top of their temporary offices while their new offices are being renovated.

Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian television comedian with his own show. The first season his politically tilted show was on OnTV and the upcoming season it will be on CBC. Dr. Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian doctor, satirist and the host of the satirical Egyptian news program Al Bernameg (The Program). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career.

(David Degner / Getty Images)