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Watch Bassem Youssef Hosting Jon Stewart in Cairo

Platitudes—lots and lots of fresh, heaping platitudes…
Jon Stewart (Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz) in CairoJon Stewart in Cairo

Jon Stewart (Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz) in CairoJon Stewart in Cairo

Not bad at all. If you’ve grown to accept the kind of jingoistic clowning that’s been the Jon Stewart brand for decades now, you won’t be disappointed by this exchange. This may be the appropriate moment to confess that I continue to watch The Daily Show the way many Americans have been watching SNL for decades now. We know it’s not going to be funny, we know some of the flippant jokes will mix ignorance with cultural elitism to produce something with the aroma and appeal of a cowshed in summer. And yet, here we are each night, watching the damned thing.

So, with that bar of excellence in mind, the Cairo show was not so bad. Heavy handed jokes, patronizing, cross-cultural references (Stewart memorized 3 Arabic words, which he flaunts 3 times, with diminishing returns), and platitudes—lots and lots of fresh, heaping platitudes, and heart warming stories about a refugee named Ossama and fruits.

So, enjoy, I know you will…

Thanks to the Elder of Ziyon for the link.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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