Watch: A Stirring Jon Stewart Moment — Bassem Youssef, ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart,’ Offers Toast to ‘Daily Show’ Idol

The satirist spoke of his inspirations at the annual TIME 100 Gala

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In 2001, Bassem Youssef was a surgeon who watched Jon Stewart in his free time. Now, as the Egyptian satirist said in his toast to Stewart at last night’s TIME 100 Gala, he and Stewart are often mentioned in the same context. More than that: Stewart wrote about Youssef for this year’s list of the 100 most influential people, praising his counterpart’s ability to find humor in the direst of situations: “Yet even under these difficult circumstances, he manages to produce an incredible show: a hilarious blend of mimicry, confusion, outrage and bemusement, highlighting the absurdities and hypocrisies of his country’s rebirth.”

(TIME 100Jon Stewart praises Bassem Youssef)

Youssef returned the favor in his toast—between discussing the origin of the word sarcasm and the political power of humor—by praising Stewart as his “continuous inspiration…in a totally non-sexual way.”

He was just one of many luminaries, from Vice President Joe Biden to Youssef’s fellow humorist Jimmy Kimmel, who spoke at the annual gala in New York City.

(PHOTOS: Scenes from the TIME 100 Gala)

14 comments
Patriqua
Patriqua

Bassem Youssef is an inspiration to many.. Not because of his funny words, or sense of humor, but because of his ability in affecting the mindset of the people in such a time. He's one of the best i believe.

RN91
RN91

I wish you could read this Bassem, you are a very funny man, I hope you know there are people even here in America who find you entertaining and wish you all the luck in the world with the issues coming around you right now. Keep it up! Such an inspiration for so many, if only more people would just loosen up and laugh.

LidoAbdElhamid
LidoAbdElhamid

Bassem Youssef , I'm so proud of you ,God bless you.

SuzyNhial
SuzyNhial

Hi Bassem, I love your show Albernameg because is best of the best. You are doing well don't worry God will be with you. Egypt is my second home, we need to have one like you in the Sudan.  you are the man, God bless you.

MichaelMix
MichaelMix

Bassem Youssef . I'm proud of you

MarkCathcart
MarkCathcart

No way am I watching 30-second ads before clips that cant be skipped... #fail