Ramy Youssef is an Egyptian-American comedian, actor and director. Youssef most recently won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his Hulu show Ramy, which was also nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Series – Short Format. He was also nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Comedy/Variety Specials for his one-hour comedy special Ramy Youssef: Feelings. Youssef recently signed an overall deal with A24 and is working on creating and developing projects with Apple and Netflix. His other television credits include Mr. Robot, See Dad Run, Money From Strangers, TeenNick Halo Awards, Comedy Central’s Colossal Clusterfest and Travel Ban.
On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, the creator-star of Hulu’s Ramy, comedian Ramy Youssef, talks with Dina Amer, whose debut feature as writer-director, You Resemble Me, is in theaters now. The film is a lightly fictionalized, emotionally resonant portrait of Hasna Aït Boulahcen, a radicalized Muslim who Amer covered as a journalist in 2015 when Boulahcen was implicated in the Paris terrorist attacks. In an engaging, wide-ranging conversation, Youssef and Amer – fellow Egyptian-Americans who have been friends for years – talk about the personal nature of You Resemble Me, the major deal Dina turned down, Spike Lee’s take on her doing the film her way, casting a “hot” actor as a terrorist, and much more. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.
This episode was engineered by Carlos Fonseca and produced by Myron Kaplan, and the Talkhouse theme is composed and performed by the Range.