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10/20/17

Political Satirist Bassem Youssef to Speak in Shannon Hall

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Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu, (608) 262-3907

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The Wisconsin Union Theater is proud to present Bassem Youssef in Shannon Hall on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, at 8:00 pm. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are FREE, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $23, UW Faculty and Staff are $25, and the general public are $27. Tickets can be purchased on our website, at the Arts on Campus ticketing office or by calling 608-265-ARTS.

Famously dubbed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” by The New Yorker, Bassem Youssef is a heart surgeon-turned political satirist. Once host of the most popular television show in Egypt’s history, Youssef was forced to flee his home country in 2014 for his criticism and mocking of the government. In the era of Presidents Morsi, el-Sisi, and the Muslim Brotherhood, he built a fandom inspired to rebel against their conservative leadership. Now he is making the rounds in American late night.

Youssef has appeared on The Daily Show with both Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Since his arrival in the U.S., his narrative has shifted to a satirical criticism of Donald Trump, questioning both his Presidency and its opposition. 

In the past year, he has released a book, Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring. He has also been the subject of Sara Taksler’s documentary, Tickling Giants, which tells the story of Youssef’s unique route to stardom. The film was called “…an ebullient ode to freedom” by Variety and “first rate” by The New York Times.

This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee and the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Distinguished Lecture Series.  This concert was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Wisconsin Union Theater Endowment Fund. Also sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.