The US comic on his acclaimed series Ramy, why myth is the best place to explore sin and his encounter with comedy’s most famous atheist at the Golden Globes
It is 8.45 am in Los Angeles and Ramy Youssef is at his freshest on what will be a long day full of press interviews. “This is just one of those epoches of like 30 questions in a row of’ How is real-life Ramy different from TV Ramy? ’” he laughs.
Nuanced, funny and humanising, Youssef’s eponymous TV show, Ramy, comes under the skin of his internal skirmishes as a young, second-generation Egyptian American, as he navigates what it means to be a good person and a good Muslim. It calls to mind successions such as Dave, I May Destroy You or Fleabag– evidences based on flawed but winsome protagonists, addressing questions of morality for a millennial audience with humour and darkness. As it’s currently difficult to stream in the UK( it is available on Amazon’s StarzPlay canal now ), you are not able have heard of it. But, with a Golden Globe win earlier this year and season two guest-starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, force is building round both the man and the show.
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