Ramy Youssef on his groundbreaking new comedy

The Egyptian-American actor and comedian discusses how much of the show is based on his own real-life experiences.
3:46 | 05/03/19

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Transcript for Ramy Youssef on his groundbreaking new comedy
I'm excited about our next guest with Ramy Youssef, a stand-up comedian and actor and his new show is loosely based on his life as a millennial muslim-american and just renewed for a second season. Take a look. Ramy, do you want to stay alone forever. Mom, you can't just walk up to a Muslim girl and start spinning game. What am I supposed to say. Hey, can I get your father's number? Yes, why not? Congratulations. Thank you. Second season already. That's huge. I'm just struck by the fact that there has never been another show like this. A family show about a Muslim family which is kind of like we haven't really had that at this stage of the game. It took a second. It took a second. Why did you want to do this? I really was excited to just show a family like this in a human light, you know, I wanted to make it funny and really weird and just show that we have a lot of the same problems and I had been doing stand-up for years kind of talking about, you know, where I come from and what I believe and was really excited to, you know, show that on TV with this family. So how much of this ends up being about your own personal experience? Oh, hi to change it so my parents wouldn't get mad, yeah. Like you don't want to -- You have to hide some stuff. You don't want it to be too much like that. Trying to imagine what it would look like without a creative outlet or I felt more stuck and really get into what was really important to me which is someone who isn't trying to get away from their faith, isn't trying to get away from their culture, this is actually someone who is a practicing Muslim, like he believes in it and prays and fasts and he's also a millennial and is in this very present moment and we're kind of seeing him between what he believes and his desires and going back and forth. You could have done the show without going there, right? It didn't have to be -- you didn't have to bring in faith and incorporate that. That was important to you, though. Yes, yeah, I think it's a really universal thing that we all struggle with in many ways and I think it was really important to see a young person trying to deal with that and make that part of their life and so that was a big part of making this show. So the house is based on the house you grew up in in new Jersey. We tried to model certain things and it was specific. I remember walking on set and it was very -- it was very weird to see something that felt like my house. My mom even looked at it and was like, this is a little odd, but it was also really cool too because even people who, you know, didn't grow up in my house but people would walk on other Arab friends of mine would walk on and feels like my house and people who watch the show say this feels like my family. By getting specific you find things that are universal. Is there something about the time we're living in right now that made making this show right now possible? Part of it, yeah, I mean I think this is a story that's been needing to be told for a really long time but there is a sense of urgency right now that we need to get it out there and so it really was a perfect opportunity for us to talk about a group of people that isn't humanized at all. I mean when we made the show you know you test an audience with a pilot and make the first episode and people test it and look at it and our show opened up at a mosque and because it opened at a mosque test audiences thought it was about terrorism. They couldn't even understand it was a comedy until ten minutes in and so it was really important to make something that can reframe those ideas and reframe that when someone says Allah it's not a violent thing but it's a part of our faith. Congratulations. Great to have you here.

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