Bassem Youssef's 'America in Arabic' comes at a sensitive time for US-Egypt ties.
Egyptian activists have rallied around the military since it ousted Mohamed Morsi, leaving some of their former comrades isolated and uneasy.
American comedian Jon Stewart sat down with Bassem Youssef, the host of Egypt's most popular satire show, last night, swapping jokes but also concern about free speech in Egypt.
'The Fatwa Show' satirizes Islamic legal opinions, and is one of the most popular features on the new Arab world news and commentary website Free Arabs.
Egypt's highest court issued a statement Sunday, urging Talaat Abduallah, the top prosecutor appointed by President Mohammed Morsi, to step down. Many judges and prosecutors have protested his appointment, calling it illegal.
On Saturday a Cairo court dismissed a lawsuit against the popular Egyptian comedy show by satirist Bassem Youssef. Youssef has been under fire for criticizing Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
A less-than-diplomatic tweet from the US embassy in Cairo did not go over well in Egypt. Worse, perhaps, was its effort to make amends.
The case of Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian satirist accused of insulting Islam and the president, has exposed what seems to be a series of politically motivated investigations into government critics.