The first trailer for the second season of Hulu’s Ramy begins with its American Muslim lead finding a new mentor for his spiritual journey — one with a pair of Oscars.
Mahershala Ali guest stars as Sheikh Ali, who counsels Ramy (Ramy Youssef) — who clearly needs some counseling. “I feel like I have this hole that I’m trying to fill,” he tells the sheikh as we see him buying multiple packs of candy. “Are you praying five times a day?” he’s asked. Another queries whether he’s, er, self-fulfilling five times a day.
“I’ve tried to fill it with sex, but that only makes things worse,” Ramy tells Ali. “I want you to be my teacher. I wanna kill my guilt.” Reply: “How do I know I’m not just another one of your desires?”
Says Ramy, “I don’t want to have sex with you.”
Ramy is based on the real-life experiences and comedy of Youssef, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Season 1. Co-created and co-written by Youssef with Katcher and Ryan Welch, the series takes viewers into the world of a first-generation American Muslim on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. It explores the challenges of being caught between an Egyptian community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences.
Regulars Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, Dave Merheje, Laith Nakli and Steve Way return for the new season, which digs further into Ramy’s spiritual journey as he finds a new Muslim community and embraces a deeper commitment to Islam.
Youseff is creator/writer/executive producer of the A24 series, which is executive produced by Ravi Nandan, co-creators Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, and Jerrod Carmichael.
Season 2 starts streaming May 29 on Hulu. Watch the trailer above.
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