It seems the only thing to laugh about in Egypt today is on its TV.
Today thugs set fire to the gate of Ramses II, in plans to completely overtake the site during the protests of June 30th. The gate got completely burnt today.” [FB]. This happened after volunteers had removed 9 tons of garbage from the site to help restore its archaeological status.
It seems American comedic pundit Jon Stewart stopped by a show based on his American version while in the country. It seems that President Morsi has become an international-level joke:
Jon Stewart took the guest’s seat Friday on Egypt’s top satirical TV show, modeled after his own program “The Daily Show.”
Stewart was brought to the set wearing a black hood and introduced by host Bassem Youssef as a captured foreign spy.
Stewart, wearing a scruffy beard, spoke briefly in Arabic as the studio audience gave him a raucous welcome.
“Please sit down, I am a simple man who does not like to be fussed over,” he said in Arabic to laughter.
Youssef, host of the show “Al-Bernameg” and one of Egypt’s most popular TV presenters, has been questioned by prosecutors on accusations of blasphemy and insulting the president. Stewart defended his counterpart and friend in one of his monologues after Youssef was interrogated earlier this year, and Youssef has appeared as a guest on the popular New York-based show.
Stewart, who is on a summer-long break from anchoring the Comedy Central fake newscast is in the Middle East making his first movie. He expressed admiration for Youssef in Friday’s episode, which was recorded earlier this week during a visit to Cairo.
“Satire is a settled law. If your regime is not strong enough to handle a joke, then you have no regime,” Stewart said, adding that Youssef “is showing that satire can be relevant.”
True to form, Youssef began the weekly show with a series of jokes about Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s appearance and address at a rally last weekend hosted by his hard-line Islamist backers.