Book Soup presents an Evening with Bassem Youssef

Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Macgowan Hall - Freud Playhouse

See below for additional information.


Available through UCLA Central Ticket Office.


  • $38.00 (one ticket, includes a copy of Revolution for Dummies)
  • $15.00 (ticket only)




Book Soup
(310) 659-3110

Additional Information

Book Soup Presents an Evening with Bassem Youssef, "The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"

Book Soup is proud to host Bassem Youssef at the Freud Playhouse as he presents his new book, Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring. "The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"--the creator of The Program, the most popular television show in Egypt's history--chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roiling the modern Middle East, all of which inspired the documentary about his life, Tickling Giants.

In Revolution for Dummies, Youssef recounts his life and offers hysterical riffs on the hypocrisy, instability, and corruption that has long animated Egyptian politics. From the attempted cover-up of the violent clashes in Tahrir Square to the government's announcement that it had created the world's first "AIDS cure" machine, to the conviction of officials that Youssef was a CIA operative--recruited by Jon Stewart--to bring down the country through sarcasm. There's much more--and it's all insanely true.

Interweaving the dramatic and inspiring stories of the development of his popular television show and his rise as the most contentious funny-man in Egypt, Youssef's humorous, fast-paced takes on dictatorship, revolution, and the unforeseeable destiny of democracy in the modern Middle East offers much needed hope and more than a few healing laughs.

A documentary about his life, 'Tickling Giants,' debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, and is now scheduled for major release. (Dey Street Books) ”Hilarious and Heartbreaking. Comedy shouldn't take courage, but it made an exception for Bassem." --Jon Stewart 

Bassem Youssef will sign books following the talk and audience Q&A.

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