Quotes by: Bassem Youssef

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Bassem Youssef
Bassem at Chatham House London Conference 2016
Birth name Bassem Muhammad Youssef
Born (1974-03-22) 22 March 1974 (age 42)
Cairo, Egypt
Medium Stand-up, television
Alma mater Cairo University
Years active 2011–present
Genres Political/news satire, observational comedy, surreal comedy, black comedy, sarcasm, insult comedy
Subject(s) Mass media/news media/media criticism, American politics, Egyptian culture, current events, religion, pop culture, race relations, racism, human sexuality
Spouse Hala Diab (m. 2010)
Children 1
Website www.albernameg.com

It's kinda me and Jon Stewart have a pact together - so he's making me famous in the Western world and I'm making him famous in Egypt!
Bassem Youssef
The Dark Satirist, like the Dark Knight - that could be a good name for a superhero.
Bassem Youssef
What I hope to do in the States is to break up this stereotyping of Muslims and Arabs. I mean, we are basically the only sub-culture that is not represented in Hollywood. And it's funny because everybody is talking about the Muslim world and the Arab world, and we are not represented.
Bassem Youssef
Islam's not just about covering your hair. It's about how you treat other people.
Bassem Youssef
Part of the reason why people get radicalized is because they feel they are disenfranchised; that they not there; that they are bullied. But if they are represented, they can't go and say to themselves: 'Oh, this society hates us!'
Bassem Youssef
We have dealt with the Arab/Muslim problem in the American media in every single way but through comedy. Hollywood has always been lagging behind comedy... We can make fun of ourselves, too, and I'm inviting us to laugh with us - and all the misconceptions.
Bassem Youssef
Sarcasm all around the world is always against right wing and against people in power. That's the definition of political sarcasm.
Bassem Youssef
There's no glory and no respect in making fun of the weak, the powerless.
Bassem Youssef
I can go back to Egypt anytime I want. Can I leave Egypt anytime I want? I think I can. I think I can.
Bassem Youssef
Theocratic and military authorities share one thing: they have no sense of humour.
Bassem Youssef
A lot of people tend to glorify the role of satire and comedians. They put them up as role models, as fighters for the truth and against tyranny, and I think that's overrated.
Bassem Youssef
I didn't invent satire. I didn't come up with it. And it will continue to be a very powerful tool to disrupt political taboos and social taboos and religious taboos, because those taboos are always used to control and to curb people's way of creativity and thinking, by making them feel guilty because they want to make a change.
Bassem Youssef
This is the conundrum of the present regimes in the Arab world. They still want to control youth; they want to be in control as they did in the 1950s and '60s. But that doesn't work anymore. Now with just a Wi-Fi link, you can understand what's happening in the world.
Bassem Youssef
The bigger you become of a celebrity, the bigger the expectations, the pressure on you - to make change, to say what people want, to target the people they want to target. Fame is toxic; it is quite toxic.
Bassem Youssef
Egyptian comedy has a very, very old tradition. Our theater and our movies are just, like, amazing. And Egypt is kind of like the Hollywood of the Middle East. I mean, we had cinema maybe decades before the other Arab countries ever got independence.
Bassem Youssef
I chose the Egyptian dream: the dream to make a TV show, and then be called an infidel by the end.
Bassem Youssef
My show in Egypt was called, 'The Show,' or, 'Al Bernameg' in Arabic. Basically, it was a political satire show. It started on Internet by three, four-minute episodes, and then it evolved into a live show in a theater, which was something that was unprecedented in the Arab world.
Bassem Youssef
I do think that this planet is a totally unjust planet. I mean throughout history - history paints a beautiful picture when it's written by the victorious, but it's a planet that belongs to the strong and the more able, and usually they are tyrants. So basically, I don't see justice happening to the crushed and the weak.
Bassem Youssef
The importance of satire is bringing more people to the table. There are a lot of average citizens who aren't interested in politics and would be more interested if it's brought to them in a comedic, funny, satirical way.
Bassem Youssef
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