Jon Stewart's The Daily Show on Comedy Central has inspired other comedians around the globe to come out with their own version of the popular U.S. program, which also has a weekly half-hour international version. Pakistan's Saad Haroon has adopted Stewart's stand-up-comedian-turned-political-satirist approach on his irreverent British show, in which he often makes jokes about the war on terror (which he refers to as "twat"). Toronto-based Rick Mercer is known for his non-partisan attacks, inviting politicians onto the show and forcing them to do embarrassing things. In Tokyo, Hikari Ota has a standup routine that is Japan's closest thing to a news satire show, but don't count on him poking fun at the Japanese emperor.
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