Bassem Youssef, Sara Taksler

Tickling Giants

Bassem Youssef, Sara Taksler

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In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg (“The Show”). The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode (15 times the viewership of The Daily Show). Tickling Giants, directed by Sara Taksler, tells the story of political satire in a country where free speech is not settled law. Bassem and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes. Tickling Giants follows the team of Al Bernameg as they discover democracy is not easily won.

Bassem Youssef

Bassem Raafat Muhammad Youssef is an Egyptian comedian, writer, producer, physician, media critic, and television host, who hosted Al-Bernameg (The Show), a satirical news program, from 2011 to 2014. The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career.

Sara Taksler

Sara Taksler is known for her work on Tickling Giants (2016), The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (2010) and Twisted: A Balloonamentary (2007).

Tickling Giants

Tickling Giants tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart", who decides to leave his job as a heart surgeon and become a late-night comedian. The movie is about how he finds creative, non-violent ways to protect free speech and fight a president who abuses his power.

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