It was Jon Stewart in the guest seat Friday during a visit to Bassem Youssef’s satirical TV show, often referred to as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart.”
Youssef introduced his guest as a captured foreign spy — as Stewart was brought onto the set wearing a black hood.
Stewart, who is taking a break from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to make a film in the Middle East, earned laughter and applause when he addressed the audience in Arabic: “Please sit down, I am a simple man who does not like to be fussed over.”
Stewart has been a staunch defender of his Egyptian counterpart, who has previously been targeted and arrested by the Muslim Brotherhood regime for “belittling” President Mohammed Morsi.
On Friday, the American comedian took some more shots at the Egyptian government for not being able to “handle” jokes.
“I do Bassem’s job in a country that has carved out already — it is settled law. Satire is settled law…if your regime is not strong enough to handle a joke, then you don’t have a regime,” Stewart said to applause.
“There’s an expression, I don’t know if you have it, ‘adding insult to injury.’ Yes, maybe it is an insult, but it is not an injury. A joke has never ridden a motorcycle into a crowd with a baton. A joke has never shot tear gas into a group of people in a park. It’s just talk,” he said.
Watch Stewart’s full appearance: