Jon Stewart guest-stars in Gravity Falls as the voice of Judge Kitty Kitty Meow Meow Face-Shwartstein
in Weirdmageddon II: Escape from Reality airing Nov. 23 (8 p.m. ET/PT). The cartoon is usually full of various mysteries for twin kids Dipper (voiced by Jason Ritter) and Mabel Pines (Kristen Schaal) to deal with in Gravity Falls, Ore., but the current second-season story line is particularly weird. The apocalypse has come to town courtesy of the mind demon Bill Cipher and his monsters, and in a half-hour titled “Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality,” Dipper and his Mystery Shack pals Wendy and Soos have to save Mabel from the kind of strange world where some pink cats wear judge wigs.
“Jon Stewart has been the voice of reason in my head for a long time, so it seemed appropriate he would be one in Mabel’s mind, too,” says Alex Hirsch. Stewart’s character “gets hairballs frequently but doesn’t let it interfere with his work.”
Hirsch found out that Stewart was a fan of Gravity Falls two years ago when the first season was winding down and Hirsch attended a live taping of The Daily Show.
“After it was over, a woman with a clipboard came up to me and said, ‘Wait around a while, Jon would like to speak with you,’ ” Hirsch recalls. “Jon and I talked in the Daily Show coffee room for 15 minutes, and he told me he loved watching Gravity Falls with his kids and even does a Grunkle impression around the house.”
”I’ve been obsessed with The Daily Show since high school so to call it a dream come true was an understatement. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get him on the show ever since.“
Bassem Youssefhas often been called “the Jon Stewart of Egypt,” and his show was known as the Daily Show of the Arab World. The comparison is no coincidence: Youssef modeled his show on The Daily Show. And as a result of his show’s success, he’s been a guest on The Daily Show. Youssef was a heart surgeon, when in 2011, after the revolution that overthrew Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Youssef started hosting a 5 minute satirical YouTube series, shot in his home. He gave up medicine when he was invited to expand the webisodes into a weekly TV series. It became the most popular TV series in Egypt’s history. But Mohammed Morsi, who was elected president after Mubrak’s fall, didn’t appreciate being satirized. In 2013, Morsi accused Youssef of insulting the president and insulting Islam. A warrant was issued for Youssef’s arrest. He turned himself in and was interrogated for six hours before being released on bail. Youssef returned to political satire, but the leaders of the military coup that pushed out President Morsi, didn’t like being satirized either. Youssef’s show was terminated, and he got out of Egypt.
In 2014 Terry Gross spoke to John Oliver, who mentioned Youssef as an inspiration:
JOHN OLIVER: But I think about [Bassem Youssef], I actually think about him a lot, Terry, because I know him a little bit and, you know, we email back and forth sometimes. And what he does, you know, Jon Stewart will say the same thing, what Bassem is doing - he is at the pointy end of political comedy because he is not immune from consequences in the way that you almost entirely are when you live in America. It’s hard to overstate the difficulty of the conditions that he had to work under when that show was on the air.
So I feel, genuinely, that I owe him in a way. If you have the chance to do dumb things, you should do them. You shouldn’t be scared if you have nothing to be scared about. He wasn’t scared and he had plenty to be scared about. So I have no business even letting any of those concerns cross my mind, when Bassem did the kind of things that he did, and when being worried not just about him and his family, but his whole staff. So, yeah, I’ve got no real time for thinking about those kind of things.
“I’m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance.” - Jon Stewart
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