The University of Iowa
Bassem Youssef
Yehia Elzeiny

Bassem Youssef

Part of Mission Creek Festival

Presented by
Mission Creek Festival
ADULT: $25
YOUTH: $10
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:30 pm

Part of Embracing Complexity

From 2011 to 2014, Bassem Youssef hosted the satirical news program Al-Bernameg (The Show) in Egypt, earning a reputation as that country’s Jon Stewart. Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2013, the physician turned comedian and critic now lives in the United States where he continues to shine a light on global issues with thoughtful, hilarious commentary.

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Bassem Youssef will sign books following his event. Prairie Lights will be on hand with books for sale.

Prairie Lights


Residency Events

Open to the Public
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 12:00 pm


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Middle Eastern comedian comes to Mission Creek
Daily Iowan - Thursday, April 5, 2018
Bassem Youssef is no stranger to the powers of a ruling government. When an arrest warrant from Egyptian police was put out for him, he complied and turned himself in, spending five hours under questioning. His crime? Comedy. What began as a five-minute YouTube political-satire show turned into an opening that landed him a spot in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2013. Youssef’s show, “Al Bernameg,” was the first of its kind to go from online to television in the Middle East. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Youssef will be at Hancher as a part of this year’s Mission Creek Festival. The festival is organized by the Englert and features venues all over Iowa City.

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