Bassem Youssef on Humor, Politics and Egypt

March 13, 2015 7:42 PM

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Bassem Youssef on Humor, Politics and Egypt

With his groundbreaking satirical TV show now off the air in his home country of Egypt, Bassem Youssef has lately taken up residence near Boston. He has just one small produce-related complaint. “I pity Americans for their very bad fruits,” he says. “Your ‘mango’ is cucumber. The only thing I really miss about Egypt is mangoes.”

Often called “the Jon Stewart of Egypt,” the 40-year-old Mr. Youssef used to host “Al Bernameg” (“The Program”). His show, which took on everything from politicians to the military to the Muslim Brotherhood, attracted millions of viewers during its run from 2011 to 2014. It has been credited with st...

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