From the album Bassem Youssef

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.

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