Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef among TIME 100 most influential people

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TIME magazine has included Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef in its 2013 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The 39-year-old, who has been the target of lawsuits in Egypt for his TV show “al-Bernameg” (“the Program”), wrote on his Twitter account Thursday that he was “honored” to be on the list.

Every year, TIME releases a list of 100 most influential figures from around the globe, with 20 people placed in one of five categories: titans, leaders, artists, pioneers and icons.
Youssef, listed as a pioneer, “is my hero,” wrote U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, who has been described by the Egyptian satirist as his role model and inspiration.

“The only real difference between him and me is that he performs his satire in a country still testing the limits of its hard-earned freedom, where those who speak out against the powerful still have much to fear,” wrote Stewart, host of “The Daily Show.”

Youssef is “incredible,” because despite all the “difficult circumstances” he is faced with, “he manages to produce an incredible show,” Stewart added.

Youssef replied on Twitter that having Stewart write about his inclusion was “even better” than being on the list itself.