Just another example of how seriously dictatorships can take a joke.

Álvaro Paes de Barros, From the New York Times:
"[Brazilian comedians are] a very irreverent group, and fearless. They’re not afraid to do social criticism and commentary. Really, they are quite gutsy. And they’re very politicized, with their antennae out for the way politics is done here in Brazil, the idiosyncrasies of our particular system. Politics is like a high-octane fuel for comedy. The other thing about this group is that they don’t do humor in the traditional way, with sketches or stock phrases. They’re focused on stand-up, which is something new for Brazil, and are always dealing with current themes, easily identifiable by the audience."

Read the entire interview and article here: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/q-and-a-comedy-central-in-brazil/?smid=tw-nytimes
From Gawker.com:
"During a Daily Show segment about the News of the World phone hacking scandal on July 20, Jon Stewart included footage of Britain's parliament. But when the show aired in the U.K. last week, the segment was absent, apparently due to a law that prevents the airing of parliamentary proceedings in a satirical context. Stewart didn't appreciate the censorship, and he took to tonight's program to air his grievances."