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Ramy Youssef Flips The Narrative On Children Of Immigrants

Instead of depicting a first-generation American rebelling from his parents’ traditions, in his new series on Hulu, Youssef portrays a Millennial struggling to stay true to his faith.

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Comedian Ramy Youssef stars in the series Ramy on Hulu.

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Comedian Ramy Youssef is making a name for himself as a comedian, appearing on the likes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and now with his own 10-episode comedy series on Hulu, called Ramy.

He's of Egyptian descent and plenty of his stand-up centers around his experience as a young Muslim in America.

Ramy PosterThe TV series is along the same lines, with the main character navigating the typical pressures of a 20-something life while also grappling with his faith.

To promote the show, Youssef has been doing free stand-up performances around the county with his co-star and fellow comedian Dave Merheje. And that included a show at Houston's White Oak Music Hall.

While they were in town, Youssef and Merheje stopped by Houston Public Media where, in the audio above, they tell Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty how they got into comedy and what kinds of stories they're trying to convey in the series.

This week, Hulu announced Ramy was renewed for a second season.

  • Comedians Ramy Youssef and Dave Merheje star in the Hulu series, Ramy. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty/Houston Public Media)
    Comedians Ramy Youssef and Dave Merheje star in the Hulu series, Ramy. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty/Houston Public Media)
  • Comedian Ramy Youssef cleaning the bathroom of a mosque in a scene from his Hulu series, Ramy. (Photo Credit: Paul Schiraldi/Hulu)
    Comedian Ramy Youssef cleaning the bathroom of a mosque in a scene from his Hulu series, Ramy. (Photo Credit: Paul Schiraldi/Hulu)
  • Ramy Youssef with fellow comedians Dave Merheje, and Houston's Mo Amer in a scene from the Hulu series Ramy. (Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)
    Ramy Youssef with fellow comedians Dave Merheje, and Houston's Mo Amer in a scene from the Hulu series Ramy. (Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)
  • Comedian Ramy Youssef stars in the series Ramy on Hulu. (Photo Credit: Hulu)
    Comedian Ramy Youssef stars in the series Ramy on Hulu. (Photo Credit: Hulu)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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