Egyptian satirist, Bassem Youssef, has been on a bit of a hot-streak as of late and has hit the headlines once more after earning himself an award at New York Festivals.
The former heart-surgeon won a Silver World Medal for axed show, Al Bernameg, in the World’s Best TV and Film category, which was also nominated, and received finalist certificates for, for Best Technical Production Team and Best Comedy.
New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films competition had entries from over fifty countries this year and aims to champion and acknowledge innovators of film and TV worldwide. The recognition is another notch on Bassem’s bulging belt – a belt that also includes such achievements as being named on of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and having eyes that you could just get lost in for hours. Ahem.
It’s been a pretty good year for Youssef, who was announced as a resident fellow by Harvard’s Institute of Politics in January for the spring semester and has a much-anticipated documentary, Tickling Giants, waiting in the wings for release. Last week, it was also announced that Cairo-native is to perform at a stand-up show in Washington, DC on May 3rd alongside some of the States’ top Muslim-American comedians. Busy, busy Bassem – no rest for the wicked, though, eh?