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Egypt comedian back on air, mocking Sisi mania

Published on Feb 8, 2014 11:12 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef is back on air and mocking the personality cult surrounding army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after his previous show was axed amid fears of growing intolerance for dissent.

Youssef, nicknamed "the Egyptian Jon Stewart" after the American comedian he emulates, shot to fame with his constant jibes at Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

But in November, his show was pulled by the private CBC channel after he poked fun at the wildly popular army chief who overthrow Morsi in July, and at his supporters.

In the premiere of his new show "The Programme" on Friday night, aired by the private MBC Masr channel, Youssef gingerly broached the topic of Sisi, who is expected to win an upcoming presidential election.

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