Bassem Youssef - Additionnal Performance

Performing Arts

DATE : 13/11/2016 - 20h00 / 8:00 pm

LOCATION : Cinquième Salle, Place Des Arts - 175, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

ENTRANCE : 45$ + Fees.

The famous satirist in Canada for the first time!
Show in Arabic

(Egypt)

The media have compared him to Jon Stewart because of his TV show El Bernameg, which drew more than 30 million viewers per episode, becoming the number one show in the entire history of the Arab world. Time magazine named him among the world’s 100 most influential people in 2013. Since the popular uprisings in Egypt, he has been the absolute icon of freedom of expression and one of the Arab world’s few protesters.

A heart surgeon by training but a humourist at heart, Bassem Youssef embarked on a truly bold venture by launching his political satire show El Bernameg (“The Program”) in 2011 just after former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was driven from power, achieving phenomenal audience ratings. The bane of the Muslim Brotherhood for his vitriolic criticisms of President Mohamed Morsi and later of the regime of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and of the army, he was prosecuted and threatened with death, forcing him to halt his show.

Bassem Youssef has been interviewed by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on “The Daily Show” and “The Late Show” respectively as well as by some of the world’s top media. He is currently producing the show “Democracy Handbook” on the U.S.-based Fusion channel, ridiculing American politics.

For his initial offering in Canada, Bassem Youssef promises us a hilarious evening blending sharp criticism, biting irony and brazen sarcasm. Everything and everyone goes under the surgeon-humourist’s scalpel: on the menu, Arab and international politics, the wintery Arab spring, the media and their conspiracy theories, religious obscurantism, the Muslim Brotherhood, plus a broad array of controversies drawn from socio-political events. With visual support for his one-man show from video clips on screen, he stings where needed and mocks situations with the keen intelligence of a true connoisseur.

A side-splitting performance, sassy and awe-inspiring, where humour triumphs over current affairs and where the joke is mightier than the sword!

* A Q&A with the audience will follow the show.

Ticket Price : 45$

Booking : 514 842-2112 //placedesarts.com

* General admission tickets, first come first served.

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