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Win Tickets ($80): Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Presents Bassem Youssef @ Newmark Theatre | The Joke is Mightier Than the Sword, The Jon Stewart of the Arab World

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Presents Bassem Youssef @ Newmark Theatre on April 3. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, March 27.



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From our sponsors:
Presented by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts
Bassem Youssef

The Joke is Mightier Than the Sword
April 3, 2017
7:30pm | $40 & $50 | All Ages
More info: portland5.com

Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Portland’5 welcomes Bassem Youssef to the Newmark Theatre Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:30pm for his presentation The Joke is Mightier Than the Sword. Following the presentation, Youssef will have a question and answer session with the audience.

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon when he became the creator and host of popular TV show Al- Bernameg — the first political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show shot from Youssef’s laundry room and posted on YouTube days after protests in Tahir Square unseated Egypt’s ruling elite, Al-Bernameg became the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week.

Throughout its three seasons Al-Bernameg remained controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of the ruling powers. Accused of being “anti-Islam” and insulting the President, Youssef was arrested and interrogated before being released on bail. During its final season, the show achieved unprecedented ratings before Youssef announced its termination due to overwhelming political pressures on the show and the airing channel.

In 2013, Youssef was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People and was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In 2015 Youssef served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has been a reoccurring guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and recently hosted the 2015 International Emmy Awards. He is currently a fellow at Stanford University and now resides with his family in the United States.

Youssef’s most recent projects include Democracy Handbook; a ten-part series exploring topics of democracy on fusion.net, and the launch of a new book, Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring in the spring of 2017.

Youssef majored in cardiothoracic surgery, passed the United States Medical License Exam (USMLE) and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS).

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83 Responses to Win Tickets ($80): Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Presents Bassem Youssef @ Newmark Theatre | The Joke is Mightier Than the Sword, The Jon Stewart of the Arab World

  1. Stephanie March 6, 2017 at 18:03 #

    Meeeeeee please!!! The boyf and I are huge fans!

    • Kathleen Rogers March 9, 2017 at 15:50 #

      Sounds like a fun night

  2. Chris Webb March 7, 2017 at 08:12 #

    Sounds like a good time!

  3. Chris March 7, 2017 at 12:17 #

    I would love to see this! Pick me!!!

  4. Nicole March 7, 2017 at 12:47 #

    We would love to go.

  5. Fouad March 7, 2017 at 12:48 #

    We would free tickets to this.
    Thanks

  6. CHRIS March 7, 2017 at 12:59 #

    Now this would be fun to go to

  7. Tea Silvestre Godfrey March 7, 2017 at 13:24 #

    What?! This guy is a SURGEON and a COMEDIAN? My husband and I MUST see this show.

  8. Kris Martin March 7, 2017 at 13:26 #

    What a good time!

  9. Jessica March 7, 2017 at 13:43 #

    I love to laugh!!

  10. Wil Stevens March 7, 2017 at 13:47 #

    this sounds great! Gotta be there!

  11. Jennifer March 7, 2017 at 14:11 #

    I would love to see him. Thanks.

  12. Joëlle March 7, 2017 at 15:53 #

    Please pick me! Oh how I would love to see this show.

  13. Anne March 7, 2017 at 17:16 #

    I must go!

  14. Tami Rouse March 7, 2017 at 17:30 #

    My husband would have a blast here.

  15. Carrie March 7, 2017 at 18:09 #

    Yes, please!

  16. John March 7, 2017 at 20:11 #

    Need some comedy in my life! Its been too long.

  17. Shannon March 7, 2017 at 23:06 #

    Love Arab culture, love comedy, love to laugh!

  18. Dave G. March 8, 2017 at 00:11 #

    All we can do is LAUGH!

  19. Jenny March 8, 2017 at 12:14 #

    I need to laugh more!

  20. Valerie DeWille March 8, 2017 at 12:59 #

    Bassem Youssef!
    Yep!

  21. pamela lo March 8, 2017 at 14:44 #

    What an amazing way to celebrate a birthday!

  22. Denise March 8, 2017 at 20:46 #

    We love Bassem! Choose us!

  23. Jamie March 9, 2017 at 12:37 #

    MEEEE :D

  24. Mauraborealice March 9, 2017 at 14:57 #

    Well, wouldn’t want to miss this—especially the audience question & answers.
    Some intelligent humor is desperately needed.

  25. Paul March 9, 2017 at 15:02 #

    I’d love to see the one whom has rocked the boat across the world and lived to tell!

  26. Marco1 March 9, 2017 at 15:48 #

    If Bassem Youssef can mine humor in the Middle East I’ll gladly change doctors!

  27. marco March 9, 2017 at 15:58 #

    If Bessem Youssef can mine humor / tolerance in the Middle East… I’ll gladly change doctors!

  28. Kelly March 9, 2017 at 16:20 #

    I would love to see him!

  29. peter hope March 9, 2017 at 16:43 #

    Salam, I would thoroughly enjoy attending this event. I hope I am chosen, Shukran.

  30. Andy Gospodnetich March 9, 2017 at 17:49 #

    I first saw Bassem on The Daily Show and enjoyed it so much. I would love to take my wife to see Bassem!!

  31. Cheryl March 9, 2017 at 17:51 #

    Yes please!

  32. jim March 9, 2017 at 18:33 #

    He is comedic gold, I can’t wait to see him.

  33. Shelly Wilkerson March 9, 2017 at 20:06 #

    This would make an awesome birthday present for my son’s 21st birthday!

  34. Judy March 9, 2017 at 23:52 #

    I have to see Bassem! He is just what I need to help cope in this turmoil times!

  35. Aleks March 10, 2017 at 18:41 #

    Great! Would love to see this.

  36. Aleks March 10, 2017 at 18:44 #

    Wow! I could use some comedy!

  37. Lisa March 10, 2017 at 20:04 #

    What a treat, I would love to go.

  38. Shari March 11, 2017 at 09:55 #

    This would be a fun night to see and hear him live!!

  39. Elle March 12, 2017 at 08:28 #

    Wow he sounds awesome! I’d love to go and see what this guy is all about.

  40. Perry March 13, 2017 at 14:49 #

    He had better be funny with that comparison

  41. gail March 13, 2017 at 16:48 #

    Dying to see him!

  42. Mark March 13, 2017 at 17:16 #

    I would like to see Bassem Youssef, the courage it takes to laugh at middle eastern politians (not known for their sense of humor) must be tremendous.

  43. Naomi March 13, 2017 at 19:06 #

    Sounds like fun

  44. Cara March 14, 2017 at 12:13 #

    Yes, I need a laugh!

  45. Rich Allen March 14, 2017 at 12:24 #

    I’d love to welcome him to our city!

  46. Rae March 14, 2017 at 12:37 #

    “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World”…. uh SOLD! We would LOVE to win tickets to this event!! Never a more needed time for humor in this political climate….

  47. Lauren M March 14, 2017 at 13:16 #

    It’s always time for a good laugh, count me in!

  48. Chris March 14, 2017 at 13:55 #

    I think he’s very funny. I want to go

  49. Julia Marchionna March 14, 2017 at 14:41 #

    I need lols

  50. Suzanne March 14, 2017 at 15:30 #

    I would like to go, please and thank you!

  51. Hilary March 14, 2017 at 16:27 #

    Yes please!

  52. Brad March 14, 2017 at 18:42 #

    Laughter is good for the soul.

  53. Alberto Lopez March 15, 2017 at 00:16 #

    Free stuff is cool

  54. Jennifer March 15, 2017 at 13:26 #

    This sounds fantastic and would love to take my honey! :)

  55. Hannah March 15, 2017 at 18:57 #

    Love him! This would be great!

  56. John March 15, 2017 at 22:47 #

    This guys the best. Would be awesome!

  57. molli taylor March 16, 2017 at 10:14 #

    i have been wanting to see him! this looks awesome!

  58. Amy March 16, 2017 at 13:18 #

    We love watching comedians on Netflix but see see live would be an awesome treat. We are big fans. Thx pdxpipeline.

  59. James March 16, 2017 at 16:43 #

    Nothing like smart clever humor to brighten up and evening
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  60. Frank Byers March 17, 2017 at 11:11 #

    Now more than ever …

  61. Corbett March 20, 2017 at 15:29 #

    So happy that this show is coming to Portland & would LOVE to be able to attend!

  62. FM March 21, 2017 at 12:57 #

    This would be awesome!

  63. Kelly March 21, 2017 at 13:16 #

    I would love a night of comedy :)

  64. Melanie March 21, 2017 at 13:18 #

    A cheerful heart is good medicine. This would be a welcome gluten free, non-dairy supplement! Thank you for offering! I look forward to hearing from you.

  65. SANDRA TATE March 21, 2017 at 16:06 #

    I’d love to see this show

  66. Brittany March 21, 2017 at 20:19 #

    I’d love to see this guy! So funny!

  67. Jennifer March 22, 2017 at 10:08 #

    Wow, I humbly ask for these tickets for my beau’s bday.

  68. Valerie DeWille March 22, 2017 at 10:29 #

    Bassem!!

  69. Mauraborealice March 23, 2017 at 15:16 #

    He tells it like it is!
    Dark Funny.
    We all new a good dose of democracy seen through these eyes.

  70. Kristi March 23, 2017 at 15:37 #

    Would love to attend this!

  71. Claire March 23, 2017 at 15:49 #

    Boy oh boy could I use a night of laughter!

  72. Amy March 23, 2017 at 15:57 #

    I love Bassem Youssef on the Daily Show and could really use some laughs right about now!

  73. Jenn March 23, 2017 at 16:50 #

    He is AMAZING.

  74. Victoria Gantz March 23, 2017 at 16:53 #

    I would love to see him in person. He is amazing!

  75. Robert March 23, 2017 at 19:34 #

    I would love to see this show!!!! he is very funny!

  76. poppy March 24, 2017 at 18:33 #

    Fun Times!

  77. Rebeccca MacGregor March 25, 2017 at 07:47 #

    My friend, Khaled, is a refugee from Jordan and loves Bassem Youssef. This would mean the world to him if we could go to this. Please pick us!!

    Thank you!

    Rebecca

  78. rossh March 26, 2017 at 13:09 #

    Pick me

  79. Kimberly March 26, 2017 at 19:46 #

    Sounds like just my type of comedy. Need to start April with a bang of laughter and entertainment after an extremely stressful month. This guy sounds intelligent, witty, and awesome! Sounds like the perfect start to accommodate aprils beginning with spring showers and flowers.

  80. molli taylor March 27, 2017 at 09:04 #

    he is hilarious and i would love to check this out.

  81. Ronda Rota March 27, 2017 at 16:40 #

    I would love to catch this show its sounds like an amazing time. Me and my boyfriend need a night out on the town, and be able to try something different.

  82. Paul March 27, 2017 at 18:17 #

    I hear this guy will make you pee your pants. I’m in!?!?!

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