Skip to comments.‘Egyptian Jon Stewart’ is Back on the Air
Posted on 10/26/2013 3:14:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Egypts favorite funnyman is back on the air.
After a four-month hiatus, the popular and controversial political satirist Bassem Youssef returned to the airwaves Friday night to host an hour-long episode of his show El Bernameg (The Program). The last time he appeared, in late June, Youssef had established himself as one of former President Muhammad Mursis most vocal and ardent opponents. He later backed the protests and the military coup that removed Mursi from power. But it was far from clear how Youssefs program which mimics Jon Stewarts The Daily Show would play in a new Egypt dripping with pro-army nationalism and praise of Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the countrys de facto leader.
In a late-night broadcast full of parody newscasts and tongue-in-cheek commentary, Youssef chose not to directly take on the powerful and much-loved general. But he did allude to Sissis rumored political ambitions and ridiculed media personalities who offer sycophantic testimonials to Egypts armed forces.
Was it a soft coup? Youssef asked, taking aim at the debate over what to call the events that led to Mursis ouster. Poking fun at the idea that a coup could ever be soft, he produced a red rose and pretended that the military had simply been splitting up with a longtime girlfriend: Mursi, baby, its not us its you.
Before Youssefs appearance, there had been some speculation that the onetime cardiac surgeon might decide to steer clear of satire for good. He was reemerging in an Egypt very much transformed by the coup, one where hard-core nationalism has left little room for criticism or dissent, and where judicial figures and journalists have been detained for crimes such as insulting the army.
Can he talk about the current government the way he talked about Mursi? I dont think so, student Haithem Khalifa, 26, said of Youssef before the show. Mursi and his supporters were the primary targets of Youssefs biting humor during the year the leader was in power.
Youssef appeared to have retreated from his normal style of bluntly and often personally challenging political figures. Instead, he tested the waters lampooning peripheral issues of military rule. In one segment, he focused on a particular aspect of the countrys love for Sissi: Cupcakes and chocolates adorned with his image are sold in sweet shops across Cairo.
A baker offers Youssef a number of sweets that have been renamed after Sissi. Do you have a reconciliation chocolate? Youssef asked, referring to the stalled process of bringing the Muslim Brotherhood back into the political fold.
No, the baker responded. But we report anyone who asks.
Later, he made fun of the notoriously bland interim President, Adly Mansour, flashing pictures of a frowning Mansour.
People said his credibility would be on the line, Zein el-Abidin Khairy, a columnist for the state-owned daily newspaper, Al-Ahram, said of Youssef. Would he deal with the interim government? They have given him a lot of material to work with.
Underscoring the risk Youssef takes with his sarcastic political humor, a panel of judges linked to Egypts Supreme Administrative Court issued an advisory opinion urging the judiciary to reopen a case against the comedian for insulting the president.
The charges were filed in March by an pro-Mursi lawyer, but they were later dismissed.
Jokes from Muslim stand-up comic Goffaq Yussef Maybe
a sign of peace when we start hearing humor from a
Good evening gentlemen, and get out, ladies.
On my flight to New York there must have been an
Israeli in the bathroom the entire time. There was a
sign on the door that said, “Occupied.”
What do you say to a Muslim woman with two black eyes?
Nothing! You told her twice already!
How many Palestinians does it take to change a light
bulb? None! They sit in the dark forever and blame the
Jews for it!
Did you hear about the Broadway play, “The
Palestinians”? It bombed!
What do you call a first-time offender in Saudi
Did you hear about the Muslim strip club? It features
full facial nudity!
Why do Palestinians find it convenient to live on the
West Bank? Because it’s just a stone’s throw from
Why are Palestinian boys luckier than American boys?
Because every Palestinian boy will get to join a rock
A Palestinian suspect was being grilled by Israeli
police. “Honest, I’m not a suicide bomber,” he said.
“I didn’t say I wanted to blow myself up so I could
sleep with 72 virgins. All I said was, ‘I’m dying to
What does the sign say above the nursery in a
Palestinian maternity ward? “Live ammunition.”
Palestinian girl says to her mommy: “After Abdul blows
himself up, can I have his room?”
[There is no such person as Goffaq Yusef (say the name out loud), and these jokes are not original to me.]
SOme of the jokes are pretty funny LOL!
Three hunters are out on safari — an American, a Britisher and an Israeli. They are captured by cannibals who start getting the cooking pots ready. The cannibal chief tells the hunters the hunter they can have one last wish.
“What’s your last request?” he asks the American. “I’d like a steak,” he replies. So the cannibals kill a zebra and serve the American his steak.
“What do you want?” the cannibal chief asks the Brit. “I’d like a have smoke on my pipe,” which they let him do.
“Then the chief asks the Israeli: “What’s your last wish?” “I want you to kick my rear end.” “Be serious,” says the top cannibal. “C’mon, you promised,” says the Israeli. “Oh, all right,” says the chief, who delivers the requested kick. Whereupon, the Israeli pulls out a gun, shoots the chief and a few other cannibals while the rest run away.
The American and Brit are furious. “Why didn’t you do that in the first place, so we wouldn’t have had to go through all this?” they demand.
Replies the Israeli: “What? Are you mad? The UN would have condemned me as the aggressor.”
These are strange times. Lately I find myself more agreeing with Putin than the POTUS. And the same for the Egyptian military commander who overthrew the Egyptian President.
What is the O_Btard doing to the world?
God Help the United States of America and all men who love freedom.
LOL that good one ROFL
“Underscoring the risk Youssef takes with his sarcastic political humor, a panel of judges linked to Egypts Supreme Administrative Court issued an advisory opinion urging the judiciary to reopen a case against the comedian for insulting the president.
Not so different from Obama’s rodeo clown. Except the Egyptian comedian got his job back.
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