Ramy Youssef (Arabic: رامي يوسف‎‎; Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈɾɑːmi ˈjuːsɪf]; born March 26, 1991) is an American stand-up comedian and writer of Egyptian descent.[1][2] He is best known for his role as Ramy Hassan on the Hulu comedy series Ramy, for which he received a Golden Globe Award in 2020 for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.[3][4][5]

Ramy Youssef
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Youssef presenting a speech in 2017.
Born (1991-03-26) March 26, 1991 (age 28)
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Years active2009–present
Notable work
Ramy

Early lifeEdit

Youssef was born in Queens to Egyptian parents.[1] He grew up in a Muslim household, observing Islamic holidays, and is still practicing Islam today.[6] Raised in Rutherford, New Jersey, Youssef attended Rutherford High School.[7] He performed sketch comedy while studying political science and economics in college. While there, Youssef served as a camp counselor for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in New Jersey. He left Rutgers when he was 19 and enrolled in the Professional Actor Training Program at the prestigious William Esper Studio in New York. Upon completing the Two-Year Program under the tutelage of Barbara Marchant, Youssef landed his first major role in a TV series and moved to Los Angeles.

CareerEdit

Youssef made his acting debut on the Nick at Nite sitcom See Dad Run in which he had a main role. During the run of the show, Youssef shadowed the writers' room, an experience Youssef would bring to his own show in 2019.[8]

In 2017, Youssef appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he performed his stand-up routine.[1][9]

His television series Ramy debuted on Hulu on April 19, 2019, with 10 episodes.[10] The show, in which Youssef plays the title character, tells the story of a millennial Muslim who is a second-generation American born to immigrant parents in the United States.[11][12] Soon after its first season debuted, Hulu renewed it for a second season with an expected premiere date in 2020.[13] He received a Golden Globe in January 2020 for this role.

Also after the debut of Ramy, Youssef signed an overall television production deal with A24. He currently has two shows in development, one for Apple TV+ and one for Netflix.[14]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Why Him? Coder in Kitchen
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Drinker
TBA Hump Omar Voice role

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012–2014 See Dad Run Kevin Kostner Main role
2013 Above Average Presents Scars
2015 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn Ty
2016 Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Lennon
2017 Mr. Robot Samar Swailem Recurring role
2019–present Ramy Ramy Hassan Lead role; also creator, writer and executive producer

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2019 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series Ramy Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Series - Shortform Pending

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Deb, Sopan (April 18, 2019). "'Ramy' Is a Quietly Revolutionary Comedy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Easton, Anne. "Comedian Ramy Youssef Says All Life, Not Just Muslim Experience, Is Explored in 'Ramy'". Forbes. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Izadi, Elahi. "Comedian Ramy Youssef is still figuring out life as a Muslim millennial. So he made a show about it". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Framke, Caroline; Framke, Caroline (March 10, 2019). "TV Review: 'Ramy'". Variety. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Ibrahim, Shamira (April 23, 2019). "What 'Ramy' Gets Wrong About Muslim Women". The Atlantic. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Ramy Youssef Discovers Himself - The Last Laugh: A Daily Beast Podcast, retrieved December 11, 2019
  7. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy. "Meet Ramy Youssef, star of ‘Ramy,’ the Hulu show that breaks new ground while drawing on his N.J. roots", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 19, 2019. Accessed December 27, 2019. "Ramy is the lead character in "Ramy,” a compelling new Hulu series starring Ramy Youssef, a comedian who grew up in Rutherford.... Youssef got his start as a performer when he was still a student at Rutherford High School, where he dove into TV production and started focusing on comedy."
  8. ^ NJ.com, Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for (April 19, 2019). "Meet Ramy Youssef, star of 'Ramy,' the Hulu show that breaks new ground while drawing on his N.J. roots". nj. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy (April 19, 2019). "Meet Ramy Youssef, star of 'Ramy,' the Hulu show that breaks new ground while drawing on his N.J. roots". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  10. ^ Siede, Caroline. "Ramy is a Muslim millennial comedy with impressively big questions on its mind". TV Club. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "'Ramy' Is About One Millennial American Muslim – And Everyone's Racist Uncles". NPR. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  12. ^ Ali, Lorraine. "Ramy Youssef on making TV's first Muslim American sitcom, Hulu's millennial comedy 'Ramy'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Thorne, Will. "'Ramy,' 'Pen15' Renewed for Second Seasons at Hulu". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  14. ^ "Ramy Youssef Inks Overall Deal With A24 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 25, 2019.

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