Bask in comic Bassem Youssef’s hilarious truth-to-power satire at Houston Improv

Bassem Youssef | Photo courtesy of Houston Improv

Catch comedian Bassem Youssef—dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World—when he plays five socially distanced shows at Houston Improv from Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Youssef was once the host of popular political satire TV show AlBernameg, which was the first of its kind in the Middle East. Originally a five-minute show on YouTube, it became the first online-to-TV conversion in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week.

Throughout its three seasons AlBernameg remained controversial through its humorous yet bold criticism of the ruling powers, which led to tens of lawsuits being filed against the show and its host. Youssef was even issued an arrest warrant in March 2013 and turned himself in the next day where he was questioned for five hours and released on bail.

Youssef has recently released a book about his experience Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring where he gives different perspectives and insights on the Egyptian political scene through the Arab spring and after.

Youssef majored in cardiothoracic surgery, passed the United States Medical License Exam (USMLE) and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS). He practiced cardiothoracic surgery in Egypt for 13 years, before moving into comedy and political satirism.

All guests will be seated at their own table for their small group, socially distanced from other attendees. Masks are required when not eating or drinking at your own private table for your party. Seating is limited at 50% capacity. Click here for more information about Houston Improv’s COVID-19 precautions.

Social Distancing & COVID-19

As we enter into the vaccination phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts still advise that we have a way to go before we achieve herd immunity and can safely resume pre-pandemic activities. In the meantime, you can remain vigilant in protecting yourself against the coronavirus by continuing to wear face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces, and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.

While the Governor of Texas has lifted mandatory mask orders and capacity limits, most businesses are still requiring face masks to enter and enforcing reduced capacity. Familiarize with your destination’s policies ahead of time and please respect their public safety precautions.

Comedian Bassem Youssef at Houston Improv

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