Death threats for Saudi satire star who fights Islamic State with laughs

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Handout photo of Saudi actor Al-Qasabi playing the role of an Islamic State fighter in the new Saudi TV show "Selfie"

By Taghreed Almadani DUBAI (Reuters) – A Saudi TV star has earned death threats for deploying a new weapon against Islamic State: laughter. “Selfie”, a sketch comedy show which debuted last week on Saudi-owned pan-Arab satellite channel MBC, has won praise from influential voices in the Middle East for daring to mock the hardline militant group. “Come on guys!” interjects a naive character played by the show’s Saudi star, Nasser Al Qasabi.

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