Dubbed “the Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” Bassem Youssef was the creator and host of the wildly popular TV show Al-Bernameg — the first political satire show in the Middle East and the most watched program in the region from 2011 to 2014, with 30 million viewers every week. Throughout its three seasons, Al-Bernameg remained controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of the ruling powers in Egypt. Accused of insulting political leaders, 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. In “The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword,” Youssef shares his personal story and his thoughts on the political climate that led to the Arab Spring, and its parallels to the current state of American politics.