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Pat McMahon

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You know who my favorite comic in the world is right now?

Bassem Youssef, and I've never heard him tell a single joke. I'd never heard of him at all until this past weekend when his enormously popular Egyptian TV show was cancelled by his station for "violating editorial policy."

In his first episode back from a four-month hiatus, he went after the broadcast organization and Egyptian government. The episode wasn't shown, and his fans -- including a number of prominent Egyptian leaders -- openly criticized the censorship.

Listen, I don't have to know what kind of satirical political humor he does on the air. It's just that he does it in Egypt, and it appears that it's a little more piercing than "a funny thing happened on the way to Cairo."

Youssef has been described as the Middle East's Jon Stewart, and that's high praise because Stewart is at his best when he goes after everybody.

The world is filled with fools, and it's the job of people like Bassem Youssef to expose them -- even in Egypt.

I'm Pat McMahon

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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