Bassem Youssef Announces ‘The Middle Beast Tour’ Across North America

Today, comedian, television host, and surgeon Bassem Youssef announced his 2024 ‘The Middle Beast Tour’ across North America. Produced by Live Nation, the 10-date run kicks off on Friday, September 13 in Chicago at The Chicago Theatre, with stops in Minneapolis, Tampa, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more before wrapping up on Friday, October 11 in Toronto at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre.

In Bassem Youssef’s one of a kind solo comedy performance, the audience is taken on a personal journey from Bassem’s career as a heart surgeon in Egypt to finding himself in the middle of the Arab Spring and becoming the host of the largest political satire show in the history of the Arab World.

Bassem Youssef was the host of popular TV show Al Bernameg – the first political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show on YouTube, Al Bernameg became the first online-to-TV conversion in the Middle East and the most-watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week, and over a million subscribers to its YouTube channel. In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013 – under the “Pioneers” category, was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the CPJ, and was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the global thinkers during the same year. Youssef currently performs his one-man show, THE MIDDLE BEAST around the globe and the first title in Bassem’s children’s book series, The Magical Reality of Nadia published on February 2nd, 2021 by Scholastic and is currently being developed as an animated series. Bassem can be seen in MO (Netflix), RAMY (Hulu), LIONESS (Paramount+) and UPLOAD (Amazon). In October, 2023 Bassem’s interview with Piers Morgan saw worldwide acclaim and was shared and reposted on the internet all over the world – it is now the most viewed interview in the history of Piers Morgan Uncensored.

Fri Sep 13 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
Sat Sep 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
Sun Sep 15 – Northfield, OH – MGM Northfield Park
Fri Sep 20 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Theatre
Sat Sep 21 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Fri Sep 27 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
Fri Oct 04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Sat Oct 05 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
Thu Oct 10 – Ottawa, ON – Algonquin Commons Theatre
Fri Oct 11 – Toronto, ON – Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre