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by Alison Willmore
June 22, 2013 9:15 AM
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Watch: Jon Stewart Appears on Bassem Youssef's 'The Program,' Egypt's Equivalent to 'The Daily Show'

While on hiatus to shoot his directorial debut "Rosewater" in the Middle East, Jon Stewart paid a visit to "Al Bernameg" (The Program), the satirical news show hosted by Bassem Youssef that's often described as Egypt's answer to "The Daily Show." A cardiothoracic surgeon who apparently still practices while not involved with on air work, Youssef initially launched a YouTube series in March 2011, inspired by the Egyptian Revolution and by Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Comedy Central programs.

Youssef's videos became huge online hits, and he quickly made the shift to television, with Stewart helping draw international attention to Youssef's work by having him on as a "Daily Show" guest twice. Stewart also spoke up in support for Youssef when he was arrested for allegedly insulting Islam and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in what was seen as a move to intimiate and silence him (satire being more hazardous a practice depending on where you are in the world -- something the two discuss in the video below). Check out the episode here:


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  • Jarrett | June 22, 2013 6:39 PMReply

    I can't imagine a better ambassador for the United States. Bright, engaging and self-effacing, he shows us at our best.