7 April 2013 9:56 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Egyptian TV comic Bassem Youssef, known as the Jon Stewart of the Arab world, is back on the air with his bite intact after being arrested and released on bail on charges of insulting the country’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Youssef’s hugely popular weekly show “El Bernameg” (The Program), which is inspired by “The Daily Show,” went out regularly Friday (April 5) on Cairo’s Capital Broadcast Center, with millions of Egyptians tuning in to catch the scathing satirist spout punchlines about the publicity he got by being briefly detained, including support from Jon Stewart on the U.S. “Daily Show,” which put him in the global spotlight.

Undeterred by moves to muzzle his act, Youssef returned to ridicule both the prosecutor and the president who is now attempting to distance himself from the affair. The incident also sparked diplomatic tensions between Egypt and the U.S. after the »


- Nick Vivarelli

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