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    Laughing Through the Arab Spring with Bassem Youssef

    Dubbed the "Jon Stewart of the Middle East," Bassem Youssef will discuss how he created the first Middle Eastern political satire show with 30 million viewers each week and his experience moving to the United States.

    Monday, Mar 27, 2017 6:30 - 7:30 PM @ Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
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    Laughing Through the Arab Spring with Bassem Youssef
    Bassem Youssef
    Comedian & TV Host
    Gigi Pritzker
    Co-Founder, Madison Wells Media
    CONVERSATION - Conversations are panel discussions that provide an in-depth, up-to-the-minute look at a single topic. Featuring three to four thought leaders and an expert moderator, Conversations consist of a 60-minute discussion, followed by 15 minutes of audience q-and-a.

    Bassem Youssef is a satirist, writer and TV host who has been dubbed “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” His TV satirical news program “Al Bernameg” ran from 2011 to 2014 following the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and was directly inspired by “The Daily Show.” Youssef’s comedy has shined a light on issues within the Arab world, and worked to fight the stigma that’s placed on Muslims in the Western world.

    At this onstage program, Youssef will examine the current state of politics in the Middle East, the United States and the rest of the world through his unique comedic lens, and look into the topics he addresses in his latest book, Revolution for Dummies: Laughing through the Arab Spring. He’ll dig into the power of propaganda when it comes to social movements and political regimes, providing attendees with a strong sense of how humor can spark change in communities everywhere.

    Monday, Mar 27, 2017 6:30 - 7:30 PM
    Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
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