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Two satirical comedic forces are scheduled to collide Friday night when Egyptian
comedian Bassem Youssef hosts Jon Stewart on his popular program, Al Bernameg
Stewart, who arrived in Cairo on Wednesday according to
the DPA news agency, is on hiatus from his program The Daily Show in order to
direct his first film.
Stewart, who became good friends with Youssef
after he appeared on his show twice, recently came to his defense in April when
the Egyptian government issued an arrest warrant against him for insulting
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Islam.
“I know Bassem. Bassem is my
friend, my brother. There are two things he loves in this world with all his
heart: Egypt and Islam,” Stewart said in a sincere plea on his program after
news of the arrest warrant broke.
Youssef, who was named one of Time
magazine’s Most Influential People this year, has earned a significant cult
following in Egypt and his program is frequently hailed as the “Egyptian Daily
Stewart is in the region to film the fact-based drama, Rosewater
a memoir based on Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari’s 118-day imprisonment for
allegedly collaborating with an American spy against the Iranian government in
2009. However, the spy in question was not a spy at all and is actually one of
the satirical “correspondents” on Stewart’s show.
The two have decided to
collaborate and tell the story of Bahari’s unjust imprisonment.
is set be released sometime next year.