WATCH: Jon Stewart Appears On Egypt’s ‘Daily Show’

Visiting Cairo on Friday, Jon Stewart made an appearance on a show hosted by a man considered his Egyptian counterpart.

“The Daily Show” host — on hiatus this summer to direct a movie — stopped by the satirical program “Al-Bernameg” for an interview with Bassem Youssef, dubbed “Egypt’s Jon Stewart.”

“Please sit down, I am a simple man who does not like to be fussed over,” Stewart told the audience in Arabic, as quoted by CBS News. 

About two-and-a-half minutes into the interview, Stewart shifted to English.

“That’s all I memorized,” he said. 

Youssef was investigated earlier this year for purportedly insulting Islam and the Egyptian government. Stewart commended the host’s courage.

“If your regime is not strong enough to handle a joke, then you don’t have a regime,” Stewart said.

Watch the interview here:



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