A YouTube sensation dubbed the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” Bassem Youssef is the creator and former host of the wildly popular TV show Al-Bernameg—the first political satire show in the Middle East and the most watched program in the region from 2011-14 with 30 million viewers every week. Throughout its three seasons, Al-Bernameg remained controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of the ruling powers. Accused of being “anti-Islam” and insulting the President of Egypt, Youssef was arrested and interrogated before being released on bail. During its final season, the show achieved unprecedented ratings before Youssef announced its termination due to overwhelming political pressures on the show and the airing channel.
This show is a part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, featuring ground-breaking artistry of local and international music, dance, and aerial magic performances and installations, May 31-Jun 10. Visit KIMMELCENTER.ORG/PIFA for full lineup.