Known as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” Youssef’s new satirical series, which will also have a corresponding television special, will follow the host as he comes to America to learn the lessons of democracy so he can import them back to the Middle East — but learns stateside democracy isn’t quite as great as he thought.
“The Democracy Handbook” will premiere across all of Fusion’s platforms this spring, as part of the network’s 2016 election coverage. Former “Daily Show” producer Kathy Egan will produce the digital series.
“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, a former cardiac surgeon-turned-satirist and columnist who hosted a digital show in Egypt during the Arab Spring, marking the first show of its kind in the Middle East. “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.”
“Our brand of comedy is dedicated to challenging the status quo and trying to provoke shifts in the way people look at the world around them. Bassem is one of the world’s most astute and therefore dangerous satirists — he knows how to get people fired up about important issues. We can’t wait to see what he learns about American democracy during this unique election year,” commented Fusion’s head of comedy Bryan Carmel.
Along with Youssef’s series, FComedy.com has also greenlit two more projects — a six-part series from the Upright Citizens Brigade, called “UCB-IRL” (In Real Life), hailing from the company’s production banner UCB Comedy; and also five episodes of “Internet History,” which explores what would happen if God had a Facebook feed and could check in on important events throughout human history.
F-Comedy will also host content from “The Chris Gethard Show” and “No, You Shut Up!,” which air on Fusion’s TV network.
Youssef is repped by UTA and Anonymous Content.