At a ceremony held Tuesday night at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel, Egypt’s very own Bassem Youssef — host of the now canceled TV show Al-Barnameg — won the Silver Medal at the 2015 New York Festivals. The 58th New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards honored programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries.
Bassem Youssef, who was originally a heart surgeon, started his show B+ on YouTube right after the 2011 revolution. It was a well-timed political satire show criticizing the former president and also making fun of people’s reaction to the revolution. The timing combined with Youssef’s wits made the YouTube show a hit, propelling him to have his own TV show, the popular Al-Barnameg.
The show got canceled last June, and after he was not allowed to continue his show in Egypt and the Middle East, he moved to the states, became a Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), and won this award. All we can say is, Mr.Youssef, you win at life!
I’m happy and proud that a fellow Egyptian is having all these impressive accomplishments, and it’s time for all Egyptians to be proud of him too. Congratulations, and keep making us proud!