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A Muslim-Jewish Love Story: Bassem Youssef and Jon Stewart


It is heart-warming and inspiring to see the evidently deep friendship between satirists Jon Stewart and Bassem Youssef, two popular comedians in their respective nations who have a finger on the pulse, not only of their own culture but global culture.

Bassem Youssef of course was inspired by Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and he shared this in a toast to Stewart at the TIME 100 Gala:

Jon Stewart also wrote in praise of Bassem Youssef for TIME’s 100 most influential people, (Bassem is #39). One hopes that the establishment in Egypt that has it out for Bassem Youssef gets the message: you just look plain silly trying to repress someone like Bassem Youssef.

All I have to say to Bassem and Jon is get a room! (h/t: Heinz Catsup)

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  • I’d like to see that as well

  • If what you’re saying is true, how come Morsi gained power in the first place? I’m no expert when it comes to Egypt, but it seems to me, that the “colonial ruling elites” as you put it are not ruling the country right now if the last government was overthrown and Morsi gained power despite their opposition. Also its pretty illiberal of Morsi to threaten to prosecute someone for simply making fun of him. If what you’re saying is true, why is

    Bassem Youssef so popular over there?
    Maybe Morsi is not as bad as some people have portrayed him, but he’s hardly someone that I would want in charge of my my country. America would be a radically different place if our founding fathers did anything like this and I would be extremely upset if Obama even attempted to do something like this.

    Egypt’s Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers

  • A Logical Response

    I’m sure he does, but I think that they should make an Egyptian branch for the Daily Show. That way, him copying Jon would make a lot more sense.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    I’ve seen his show and while I see what you’re talking about he does add a good deal of his own original style to the show and by the way “imitation is the highest form of flattery.”

  • A Logical Response

    I like both of them, but if you actually watch Bassem’s show he’s totally copying Jon, even in his style. He should try something more original.

  • mindy1

    I wish those two would do a show together, that would be hysterical XD

  • Garibaldi,

    I saw the interview, it was hilarious!

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    You should the first part of the Daily Show segment from the same show with the Bassem interview when he took on Fox news’s anti-Muslim bigotry

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