America has Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Egypt has Dr. Bassem Youssef.
Big difference. Especially since the latter nation doesn’t have as much of a sense of humor about political satire, or satire, or jokes of any kind, for that matter.
His success began, as many success stories do in comedy in this decade, via YouTube. Youssef received the offer to host this weekly satirical TV series in Egypt — as well as a job in Cleveland, Ohio, as a heart surgeon. He chose the latter. “Yeah, the American dream. I chose the Egyptian dream, the dream to make a TV show, and then be called an infidel by the end,” Youssef told Bob Simon.
In this “overtime” extra segment, 60 Minutes talks to Jon Stewart about Youssef.
Earlier: A year ago, Stewart invited Youssef to The Daily Show. Here’s the full interview between the two in 2013.