Comedian Ramy Youssef on Emmy-nominated “Ramy”

18th August 2020

When comedian and actor Ramy Youssef had the chance to make a TV show, he knew he wanted to write what he knew: his family, his childhood, his hometown. Hulu’s Ramy follows the life of a young Arab Muslim man living in New Jersey – much like Youssef’s personal experience. At different times, Ramy wonders what to do about his career, his love life and his family life. All stuff that’s pretty typical for a millennial of his age. One of the things that makes the show Ramy unique is how it talks about faith. It’s a show that explores complex themes in an engaging way. And it’s as compelling as it is funny. Recently, Ramy was nominated for three Emmys. Jordan Morris, in for Jesse, talks with Ramy Youssef about the Emmy-nominated show, and his own journey through faith. Plus, how self-deprecating humor has helped him collaborate with actors when working on the show.

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Ramy Youssef on Hulu’s”Ramy”
When comedian and actor Ramy Youssef had the chance to make a TV show, he knew he wanted to write what he knew: his family, his childhood, his hometown.

Hulu’s Ramy follows the life of a young Arab Muslim man living in New Jersey – much like Youssef’s personal experience.

At different times, Ramy wonders what to do about his career, his love life and his family life. All stuff that’s pretty typical for a millennial of his age.

One of the things that makes the show Ramy unique is how it talks about faith.

Ramy, the character, is a practicing Muslim. He prays. He goes to a mosque. He doesn’t drink. Amid the millennial existential angst and jokes about sex, the show also asks some probing, deep questions about faith.

It’s a show that explores complex themes in an engaging way. And it’s as compelling as it is funny.

Recently, Ramy was nominated for three Emmys: best directing in a comedy, best supporting actor from the great Mahershala Ali, and best actor for Ramy Youssef.

Jordan Morris, in for Jesse, talks with Ramy Youssef about the Emmy-nominated show, and his own journey through faith. Plus, how self-deprecating humor has helped him collaborate with actors when working on the show.

The show has been picked up for a third season. The first two seasons of Ramy are streaming on Hulu now.

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