A Farewell to Egyptian Satire

  • Aired:  06/02/14
  •  | Views: 90,120

Bassem Youssef's immensely popular satirical news show ends as Egypt's political climate becomes increasingly intolerant. (2:32)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> WELCOME TO THE "DAILY SHOW"

MY NAME IS JON STEWART. ROBERTDE NIRO WILL BE JOINING

US ON THE PROGRAM. MAYBEI'LL GET THE CHANCE TO TALK TO

HIM IN A LITTLE BIT. BUT BEFOREWE START,

THE BIG NEWS OVERSEASEGYPTIAN DEFENSE MINISTER

GENERAL ABDEL FATTAH EL-SISI,KNOWN TO HIS FRIENDS AS EGYPTIAN

DEFENSE MINISTER GENERAL ABDELFATTAH EL-SISI IS NOW FORMER

EGYPTIAN DEFENSE MINISTERGENERAL ABDEL FATTAH EL-SISI

AND NOW PRESIDENT ABDELFATTAH EL-SISI.

TOOK THE RECENT ELECTION IN ASQUEAKER.

100% OF THE VOTE COUNTED.

HE GOT BY WITH JUST 96.6% OF IT.

THE MOST LOPSIDED POLL RESULT INEGYPT SINCE LETTING THE JEWS GO

BEAT WELL MAYBE WE SHOULD SEEWHAT THE 11th PLAGUE IS.

IT WAS.

98 TO 2.

EGYPTIAN PUNDITS CREDITINGEL-SISI'S FORMIDABLE

GET OUT THE VOTE MACHINE. THAT'SIT RIGHT THERE. NOW OBVIOUSLY,

SINCE THE MILITARY TOOK OVERFROM PRESIDENT MORSI LAST JULY.

IN A COUP, REVOLUTION ORWHATEVER YOU'RE CALLING IT

THERE, EGYPT HAS BEEN INTURMOIL. TENS OF THOUSANDS

HAVE BEEN ARRESTED. HUNDREDSHAVE BEEN KILLED.

PERHAPS THIS SWEEPING VICTORYWILL GIVE EL-SISI THE LEEWAY TO

MAKE A GRAND CONCILIATORYGESTURE TO GET EGYPT BACK ON

THE RIGHT TRACK.

>> BASSEM YOUSSEF, EGYPT'STOP TV SATIRIST SAID ON

MONDAY HIS SHOW HAD BEENCANCELED.

>> CANCELED BECAUSE OF PRESSUREON THE STATION AIRING IT IN A

CLIMATE IN THE COUNTRY THAT NOLONGER ACCEPTS SATIRE.

>> YA!

>> GOOD MOVE.

[LAUGHING]>> SISI SAYS I WILL SHOW MY

PEOPLE WHAT A POWERFUL ANDCOURAGEOUS LEADER I AM BY MAKING

SURE THIS GUY DOESN'T MAKE FUNOF OF OUR SECTARIAN VIOLENCE,

14% UNEMPLOYMENT AND HYPERINFLATED FOOD PRICES.

PRIORITIES!

WHY GET RID OF INJURY WHEN YOUCAN GET RID OF INSULT?

SO BASSEM YOUSSEF'S EL BERNAMEG,ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SHOWS

IN THE HISTORY OF EGYPTIANTELEVISION, AFTER JUST MORE THAN

THREE SEASONS, DONE. BECAUSEAPPARENTLY GENERAL EL-SISI IS

MORE SENSITIVE THAN THE SCALESOF ANUBIS WHEN WEIGHING

THE HEARTS OF THE DECEASED.ANUBIS. IT'S JACKEL HEADED

EGYPTIAN GOD THAT WEIGHS YOURHEART AGAINS AND OSTRICH

FEATHER. THISMATERIAL KILLED AT LUXOR.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.

THE POINT IS, BASSEM YOUSSEF ANDHIS TEAM DID A TREMENDOUS SHOW

UNDER HARROWING CONDITIONS, ANDWHILE THEY'RE NOT ON THE AIR

FOR NOW, THEIR WORK WILLCONTINUE TO INSPIRE US ALL

HERE AT THIS SHOW.CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM ON A JOB

VERY WELL DONE.

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