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In a changed media landscape after last year's revolution, the television show has been able to poke fun at the presidential candidates – but not without criticism

A Cairo heart surgeon inspired by the Us news programme The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has captivated Egyptian viewers with a new style of satirical TV show poking fun at politicians on air for the first time.

Bassem Youssef's show Al-Bernameg (The Programme), which regularly lampoons public figures, has become a sensation after it was launched online in the aftermath of Egypt's revolution.

When Youssef posted his homemade videos on YouTube in March last year he had hoped for a couple of thousand clicks at best. The first episode quickly became a huge hit, gaining more than 3m views. A year later, Youssef is a household name and his show is broadcast three times a week on Ontv, one of Egypt's independent satellite stations. »

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