Note to Comedians: Don't Mock Sarko

Stephane Guillon gets canned
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2010 12:28 PM CDT
In his final show, Guillon denounced a "total eradication of comics" at state-owned radio and suggested covering the Radio France building with a giant burka.    (YouTube)

(Newser) – Getting paid by the government to poke fun at politicians sounds like nice work if you can get it—and while you can keep it. French comedian Stéphane Guillon was hired to spice up the morning schedule at a state-owned radio station—then fired was after mocking Nicolas Sarkozy's height, Carla Bruni's music career, and the country's "chinless" immigration minister. Sort of. Politicians complained, but the station boss said his hands were tied ... then Guillon started making fun of him, and got the ax.

Thousands of listeners marched in protest, accusing Sarkozy of forcing out the comedian to stop the relentless stream of insults. "Guillon is a hero," one protester outside the station told the Wall Street Journal. "His mockery of Sarkozy was a joy to behold."

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