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February 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$39 to $99
A surgeon turned satirist, Bassem Youssef started a news/comedy show in Egypt just months after the country’s Arab Spring uprising. Three years, an arrest, and tens of millions of viewers later, he decided to end the hugely popular program and move to LA, where he has launched a podcast (Remade in America), a book (Revolution for Dummies), and this touring show. Given his reputation as an astute political humorist, we wondered what he thinks about the current state of American democracy.
“I think politics is ridiculous everywhere. Because at the end of the day, politics is about a power grab. People basically sell their souls to the devil in order to get to that power. The mind gymnastics that they do in order to get power—I find it very amusing. It’s not very different from where I come from. Nationalism, religion, and identity politics are the same everywhere. It’s the way that it’s executed that’s different. I just make fun of [politicians]—that’s my only weapon. Whether that will eliminate nationalism, that’s not really my place. I just make fun of them and hope I don’t get into trouble.”
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