From Ahram Online: Revolutionary satire


Bassem Youssef introduced a special brand of political satire to post-revolutionary Egypt. In his Internet debut in March, on the video-sharing website YouTube, Youssef humorously exposed Egyptian State Television’s bizarre coverage of the revolution.

The B plus show was a hilarious breath of fresh air, and an overnight success. The low-budget internet production instantly received hundreds of thousands of hits and became the most subscribed Egyptian YouTube channel.

Youssef quickly caught the attention of television executives, and was suddenly flooded with offers, before finally closing a television deal with ONTV. Now that the show was backed by a television network and professional assistance, the audience had great expectations of their favourite YouTube star.

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