[Marxism] Fwd: Tickling Giants | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Mar 14 11:00:35 MDT 2017

In March 2011, a heart surgeon named Bassem Youssef living in Cairo was 
inspired to produce Youtube videos in which he provided satirical 
commentary on the Mubarak dictatorship, which rapidly grew viral—so much 
so that he landed a weekly TV show titled “The Show” that enjoyed the 
same kind of popularity. He had an audience of 30 million people, while 
Jon Stewart’s show, which Youssef openly credits as his inspiration, 
never reached more than 2 million.

His meteoric rise and his demise under General al-Sisi’s dictatorship 
are documented in a film titled “Tickling Giants” that opens today at 
the IFC in NY and a number of other cities a week later (check 
http://ticklinggiants.com/ for venues.) It is directed by Sara Taksler, 
a senior producer for “The Jon Stewart Show” who decided to make a 
documentary about Youssef after he made a guest appearance there in June 

When you see excerpts from Youssef’s show, the influence of Jon Stewart 
is unmistakable. From the body language of the host, his grimaces, to 
the mocking of the high and mighty, you are reminded that comedy is 

full: https://louisproyect.org/2017/03/14/tickling-giants/

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