“To be Muslim in America, there are a lot of emotions that go through it,” Ramy Youssef says on this week’s edition of Deadline’s video series Next Generation TV. “But also, peeling that back, just the immigrant experience here, there are a lot of emotions.”
As promised last week, we are going into Garden State mode with the star and co-creator of the New Jersey-set Hulu comedy Ramy. Youssef sat down with me to discuss his recently renewed series and the scope of what it means to be a Muslim-American today.
“When we went into the show, the approach was we know we can make fun of tension and make things funny, but let’s show the tension in a genuine way,” the Mr. Robot alum said of the April 19-launching series he created with Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch.
From its 9/11 opener to the son of Egyptian immigrants’ self-imposed Ramadan dedication and his mother’s experiences as an Uber driver, Ramy the show aims for an almost unexplored sweet spot to find a pretty universal landing. Which is one reason why I picked the “laugh out loud funny” series to be the show you have to watch in my review.
So, with an interesting Stephen Colbert and CBS censors story, take a look at my chat with Youssef in the video above. After that, check out last week’s Next Gen TV sit-down with American Gods veteran Pablo Schreiber here.
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