On this week's "Not My Job" segment of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, host Peter Sagal's guest contestant is Yassem Boussef. You will likely recognize him from his appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart -- in fact, he patterned his career after Stewart and was known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt." That is, until the government got upset with his satire, and he ended up having to flee the country. He tells the story in brief during his funny, self-effacing and enthusiastic interview here.
There's a very nice documentary that recently was released about his career -- starting as a surgeon -- called Tickling Giants. I saw it a couple months ago, and thought it was quite well done. It drags in parts, but has a lot of wonderful footage and overall is fascinating, often very funny, and ultimately pointed in dealing with his hurdles.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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