Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef to host International Emmy Awards Gala in November

by The Associated Press Posted May 11, 2015 9:35 pm MDT Last Updated May 12, 2015 at 1:50 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has been chosen to host the 2015 International Emmy Awards Gala in New York in November.Youssef became one of the Arab world’s most famous TV personalities as host of the groundbreaking TV political satire show “Al-Bernameg (“The Program”). He cancelled the show last year after former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was elected president.Bruce L. Paisner, head of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, says in a statement Monday that Youssef “has been dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab world but in fact his talent has no borders.”Youssef is a resident fellow this spring at the Harvard Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He says that as the first International Emmys host from the Middle East, he hopes to spotlight “the vibrant entertainment industry” in his region. Bassem Youssef, who has been dubbed the Jon Stewart of Egypt for his biting political satire, participates in a discussion of satire and free speech Friday, May 1, 2015, in Boston. A resident fellow for the spring semester at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Youssef ended his popular Egyptian political satire show Al-Bernameg about a year ago, citing a fear for his and his family’s safety. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef to host International Emmy Awards Gala in November