Bassem Youssef coming to the Kauffman Center on November 26

Bassem Youssef: The Joke Is Mightier Than The Sword

Bassem Youssef, dubbed “the Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” will perform at the Kauffman Center on Sunday, November 26.

Bassem Youssef was the creator and 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 to 2014 with 30 million viewers every week. In The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword, Youssef shares his personal story.

Tickets for the event range from $39 to $79 plus applicable fees, and are available now at Tickets also are available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222 and via the Kauffman Center mobile app.


Bassem Youssef was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon in Egypt when he became the creator and host of popular TV show Al-Bernameg. Throughout its three seasons Al-Bernameg was controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of ruling powers.  Accused of insulting political leaders, 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.

In The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword, Youssef shares his personal story and his thoughts on the political climate that led to the Arab Spring, its parallels to the current state of American politics and how propaganda lays the foundation for dictatorial regimes.

Learn more about Bassem Youssef in this bio video from Pomegranate Arts:

Hear about Bassem Youssef in this recent interview with National Public Radio: Interview with NPR’s “Fresh Air” – February 2016

Photo by Yehia Elzeiny

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