Meet Bassem Youssef, the Jon Stewart of Egypt

The satirist sits down with ABC News' David Wright.
5:25 | 04/02/15

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After carried away. In midtown Manhattan it's easy to amass one of the biggest TV stars in the world. But as we arrive in Astoria quills. Literally five seconds out the door today out of it. And he swapped by fans eager for herself these costs and use it his show Al Burnham mag. With the Egyptian equivalent of The Daily Show. Satirical news program bravely poking fun at the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian military elite thing. Groundbreaking stuff in a region where the powerful. And control the message. That's a big reason why it's now off the year. Was there a particular joke that fell flat as a matter of fact the whole show with canaries people who were left in and I think because if we were to fling it think we were bad and app. But your show. It was very critical moment more some distance and of him as the brotherhood. Yet but at least you're allowed to do your show. It's CC a step forward or step back Mike Shull was allowed to do to be. Aired during the most muddled because. They weren't strong enough to stop. But the military led by Egypt's new president bill Fazio sees it did have the muscle which is why we got to interview a met mom bar restaurant in Queens can go back to Egypt if you want. I can go back to get any kind might well. Can I leave you do anything I want I think I can. Yousef is plenty busy. He's now a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics hosting forums like this what. On satire in the Middle East southeast and was going to culprit but we are aborting enough he's writing a movie. It set called Coleman you'll apparently kicks musical into errors. Andy's participating in a fund that documentary about his own experience during the Arab Spring many cases the workers are beginning. Speaking guides at the quicken from and he. Help us make it sound about satire and trees teams and you. Blocks. The Arab Spring couldn't be further from. Rising star but that's where you sit got the most unlikely of all starts in show business we just look at regular everyday life. Heart surgeons with dreams of commons of the you have a revolution and then. But we were in the streets and I was doing my part that may caring who the when DP in and that is where. New career started. Frenzy. Free expression and hope. To gonna do don't Stuart on the Internet. Days and weeks that it would like camera one that's. Battered the cost that. Two months so why millions news sue every Arab TV network was courting it. And eventually Jon Stewart. Show. Thing is that south amplitude late gets into trouble in the local pool we get from the people I'd say this doesn't mean that kind of terrible that gets you do. Yousef is often called the Egyptian Jon Stewart. When he made his first visit to The Daily Show in New York please welcome possibly assess. Seemed like the wide foreigner who couldn't believe he derived I think you the better in the suit but other than that I think with the same. It's and our money. It. By his next visit less than a year later. As a whole different story that security tail poking fun of the fact that you sent by that point had more viewers and Jon Stewart himself. Forty million of you every week. You are carving out the space. For people to breathe and express themselves in a way that I think is incredibly admirable and is guy. Is not just an undue he is a brother and of course he was commissioned by the CIA to treat me. In order to use a tie. To bring down. The country. Which is of course stroke and and I'm I'm I'm I'm I'm not making this of this whose ex she let published somewhere. Yousef refuses to do his old show index though he's had your ball instead he's gathering new perspective. A safe distance away from the fray from crisis. In Israel go to Iran there's no shortage of good material. Would you go so far as to say that. Religious extremism. In all forms. Is fair game for satire yes of course sat there should be let an equal opportunity offender for every I don't wanna put you on the spot and ask you what you think of mister c.'s. Yes. But I will put you on the spot and a he came to Cairo speech what do you Nobel Peace Prize winner here busier but I think he got that the price to sue the bet that the clearly bouts of music will have a second act for now he's biding his time. Is the Arab Spring over. Let's say for example is going to be it would very windy spring. It looks like he'll weather it just five. David Wright ABC news.

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