In Egypt, members of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood saw Stewart’s bit differently. The comedian’s skewering of Mursi was the latest insult from a nation that backed Egypt’s pro-American dictators for decades. Told that cracking down on comedians was playing poorly in Washington, a usually moderate senior Brotherhood member argued that Western notions of free speech were being used, yet again, to denigrate Islam.

“Yes, the same West that supported the burning of the Koran!” the member told American journalist Lauren Bohn this week. “We need to draw red lines.” …

Angered by a wildly inaccurate description of Stewart’s monologue in an Egyptian newspaper, the [Arabic language] teacher saw Stewart as part of a Jewish conspiracy.

“Do you know who this Jon Stewart is?” the teacher asked Hessler. “He’s a Jew, isn’t he?”
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Jon Stewart reveals all to Stephen Colbert live on stage

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Stephen Colbert interviewed Jon Stewart at the Wellmont Theatre, Friday night, a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival.

Among the highlights of the two-hour talk:

  • Stewart almost quit the Daily Show early on after a disastrous writers’ meeting.
  • Colbert explained his past sleepwalking problem, which once culminated in an awkward this-isn’t-what-it-looks-like moment with his wife.
  • Stewart spoke about the one Daily Show clip he can’t bring himself to re-watch. 
  • How Colbert’s love of Lord of the Rings almost prevented one of his most famous Daily Show segments from happening.

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