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Profile: Mario Bassil

 Mario Bassil

Mario Bassil is an actor and comedian who featured for five years in the Lebanese TV comedy Mouniaa Fi Loubnan.

For many years Mario has directed, produced and taken part in successful comedy shows such the revue Comedy Night, which plays nightly in Beirut, tackling the social and political topics of the hour.

Mario is a well-known comedian throughout the Arab world. He was awarded Best Comic Actor for 2009 at the prestigious annual Murex Awards, the most high-profile award for Lebanese and Arab personalities in entertainment.

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