The 'Jon Stewart' Of The Middle East Escapes Egyptian Oppression To Show America What Democracy Looks Like

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For many, Comedy Central's The Daily Show really ended long before Trevor Noah took over last year, when Jon Stewart left the program.

The Daily Show host was single-handedly responsible for boosting the careers of many who got their start on the show, who would later have their own major shows and/or become much bigger names, such as Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Larry Willmore, and Bassem Youssef who made an appearance last week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to announce his new show Democracy Handbook for the Fusion network.


Yes, Daily Show fans will remember Bassem Youseff from when Jon Stewart first responded to the comparison made between him and Bassem, when he was being referred to as Egypt's "Jon Stewart," by bringing Bassem on as a guest back in 2012.

Over time, Jon Stewart would also bring him back on The Daily Show to do bits about the oppressive Egyptian government, and from that point on, they developed a strong relationship, until their bond and potentially Bassem's life would be threatened by the Egyptian government's new dictatorship under President Mohammed Morsi.

The satirical program was called Al-Bernameg and ran from 2011 until 2014, with a similar format that The Daily Show made famous.

If this were not enough, Morsi would also be overthrown by his own Defense Minister, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, causing Bassem to completely shut down his show, in reality fearing for his life.

There have been raids throughout Egypt since he's been in office, arresting many more, and some protesters have even been killed, such as in an article The Inquisitr published on International Woman's Day.

Since Bassem Youssef left his show, he has made some appearances over the years, cautiously hiding his sense of humor and for the most part keeping quiet about his plans, causing many to wonder what this talented surgeon-turned-comedian would do under an oppressive regime.

As he revealed in his recent interview on Colbert's show, he's now living in the United States, reasonably safe from the Egyptian government, in order to capitalize on an unconventional election year with his new show!


In February Variety reported on Youssef's new satirical show, which takes him across the nation, covering certain issues across 50 states in a humorous way. And he expresses how excited he is for the new program.

Discussing, exposing and satirizing the political scene here in the States is something I am very excited about and hopefully I will be able to get Fusion in trouble along the way!

For those who might feel they've lost The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Bassem Youssef's Democracy Handbook also has the help of a former producer for the Comedy Central program, Kathy Egan, to help get some of that flavor back.

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