Fusion Signs ‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’ as Comedy Host

By Mark Joyella 

Fusion has signed a production deal with Bassem Youssef, a comic known as the “John Stewart of Egypt,” to host a digital series and TV special to be called The Democracy Handbook.

“Bassem is one of the world’s most astute and therefore dangerous satirists–he knows how to get people fired up about important issues,” said Fusion’s head of comedy Bryan Carmel. “We can’t wait to see what he learns about American democracy during this unique election year.”

“I am extremely honored to partner with Fusion, one of the biggest digital platforms in the world, on this interesting and inspiring project,” said Youssef in a statement. “Discussing, exposing and satirizing the political scene here in the States is something I am very excited about and hopefully I will be able to get Fusion in trouble along the way! Between issues like guns, white supremacist militias and Donald Trump, I am certain we won’t be lacking in any material.”

Youssef is a former surgeon who became a satirist and writer, and became widely known for a satirical show in Egypt during the Arab Spring.