8 May 2012 4:40 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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. »

Report a problem



Similar News Items

"The Daily Show" (1996)
Jon Stewart (I)
"Frasier" (1993)


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners