Bassem Youssef

The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword

Dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab world, cardiothoracic surgeon Bassem Youssef created the first political satire show in the Middle East, earning millions of viewers every week. Now residing in California, he shares his wry observations on his own story, the current state of American politics, and how propaganda lays the foundation for dictatorial regimes. Bassem Youssef will also host a free town hall for local Arabic speakers on November 8: more information below.

Tickets $27

Funny You Feel That Way

Bassem Youssef on the Role of Politics and Humor in Public Health
November 8 | UNC: 1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall | 12:30-3 PM

When does an individual have the responsibility to act on behalf of a community? This is a central question for public health practitioners. It is also at the heart of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s story. Join the former cardiothoracic surgeon turned YouTube comedy sensation for a conversation on the role of politics and humor in public health. Moderated by Professor Beth Moracco, this event is a collaboration between Carolina Performing Arts and Gillings School of Global Public Health. (Talk: 12:30-2 PM | Refreshments 2-3 PM)

Arabic Language Town Hall

On the evening following his performance of The Joke is Mightier than the Sword, Bassem Youssef invites members of the local Arabic-speaking community to join him at a town hall-style event at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio for a candid discussion of their experiences. Free and open to the public: RSVP here.