Bassem Youssef to Host Digital Series, TV Special for Fusion
'The Democracy Project' will be part of Fusion's 2016 election coverage.
Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef has inked a production deal with Fusion for a new digital series.
The satirist — who is often referred to as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt" — will host The Democracy Handbook for F Comedy, Fusion's new digital platform. The series, which follows Youssef as he comes to America to learn the lessons of democracy, will be accompanied by a TV special that will air on Fusion.
Democracy Handbook is being produced by former Daily Show producer Kathy Egan. It will premiere across all of Fusion's platforms this spring as part of the network's 2016 election coverage.
"Bassem is one of the world's most astute and therefore dangerous satirists -— he knows how to get people fired up about important issues," said Fusion head of comedy Bryan Carmel. "We can't wait to see what he learns about American democracy during this unique election year."
Added Youssef: "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."
Democracy Handbook is part of the launch of Fcomedy.com, a new digital hub for original comedy and satire programming that will also offer content from The Chris Gethard Show and No, You Shut Up! Additional new programming from F-Comedy includes UCB-IRL, a six-part series from comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, and Internet History, a five-episode series that imagines what would happen if God had Facebook.
Youssef is repped by UTA and Anonymous Content.