Ramy Youssef

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Ramy Youssef
Youssef in 2017
Born (1991-03-26) March 26, 1991 (age 32)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • screenwriter
  • director
Years active2009–present
Notable workRamy

Ramy Youssef (Arabic: رامي يوسف, Egyptian Arabic: [ˈɾɑːmi ˈjuːsɪf]; born March 26, 1991) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, screenwriter, and director. He is known for his role as Ramy Hassan on the Hulu comedy series Ramy (2019–2022), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Peabody Award in 2020. He was also nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Early life and education[edit]

Ramy Youssef was born on March 26, 1991[1] in the Queens borough of New York City, to Egyptian parents,[2] and raised in Rutherford, New Jersey.[3] Ten years after emigrating from Egypt, his father became a manager at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.[4] It was a Muslim household, observing Islamic holidays, and Youssef remains a practicing Muslim.[5][6]

Youssef attended Rutherford High School.[3] He went on to study political science and economics at Rutgers University, Newark, but he left before graduating to enroll at William Esper Studio to focus on acting.[7][8]


Youssef made his acting debut on the Nick at Nite sitcom See Dad Run in which he had a main role. During the run of the show, Youssef shadowed the writers' room, an experience Youssef would bring to his own show in 2019.[3] In 2017, Youssef appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he performed his stand-up routine.[3]

His television series Ramy debuted on Hulu on April 19, 2019, with 10 episodes.[9] The show, in which Youssef plays the title character, tells the story of a millennial Muslim who is a first-generation American born to immigrant parents in the United States.[10][11] Soon after its first season debuted, Hulu renewed it for a second season.[12] He received a Golden Globe in January 2020 for this role, and was also nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, as both an actor and director.[citation needed]

In June 2019, Youssef starred in his first HBO stand-up comedy special, Ramy Youssef: Feelings.[13]

Along with Mo Amer, Youssef is the co-creator of Mo, an American comedy-drama streaming television series that premiered on August 24, 2022 on Netflix.[14]

After the debut of Ramy, Youssef signed an overall television production deal with A24. As of December 2019, he had two shows in development, one for Apple TV+ and one for Netflix.[15]

In 2021, he was nominated for another Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy for Ramy.[7][16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Youssef has been married since 2022.[18] He is private about his personal life and has chosen not to disclose his wife's personal details publicly.[18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Drinker
2023 Poor Things Max McCandles
Wish Safi Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2014 See Dad Run Kevin Kostner Main role
2017 Mr. Robot Samar Swailem Recurring role
2019 Ramy Youssef: Feelings Self Lead role; also writer and executive producer
2019–2022 Ramy Ramy Hassan Lead role; also creator, writer, director, and executive producer
2022 Mo Co-creator
2023 The Bear Director, episode "Honeydew"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award Year Category Nominated work Result
Critics' Choice Television Awards 2019 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Ramy Nominated
2021 Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2020 Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
2021 Nominated
Gotham Awards 2019 Breakthrough Series – Short Form Nominated
NAACP Image Awards 2021 Outstanding Breakthrough Creative – Television Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 2020 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite Awards 2021 Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2021 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
TCA Awards 2020 Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards 2020 Comedy/Variety – Specials Ramy Youssef: Feelings Nominated
Peabody Awards 2023 Entertainment Mo Won


  1. ^ "Ramy Youssef". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 9, 2024.
  2. ^ Deb, Sopan (April 18, 2019). "'Ramy' Is a Quietly Revolutionary Comedy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 24, 2019. Youssef, 28 [as of April 18, 2019]
  3. ^ a b c d Kuperinsky, Amy (April 19, 2019). "Meet Ramy Youssef, star of 'Ramy,' the Hulu show that breaks new ground while drawing on his N.J. roots". NJ.com. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Ramy Youssef: I Wish Muslims Prayed On Sundays". The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. April 17, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "Ramy Youssef's Muslim American Life". The New Yorker. October 19, 2022.
  6. ^ Last, First (April 2019). "Ramy Youssef Discovers Himself". The Last Laugh (Podcast). Retrieved December 11, 2019. Timestamp needed.
  7. ^ a b Izadi, Elahi. "Comedian Ramy Youssef is still figuring out life as a Muslim millennial. So he made a show about it". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Graham, Adam (April 25, 2019). "'Ramy' Star Ramy Youssef Has Faith in His Comedy". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  9. ^ Siede, Caroline. "Ramy is a Muslim millennial comedy with impressively big questions on its mind". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "'Ramy' Is About One Millennial American Muslim – And Everyone's Racist Uncles". NPR. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Ali, Lorraine (April 19, 2019). "Ramy Youssef on making TV's first Muslim American sitcom, Hulu's millennial comedy 'Ramy'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  12. ^ Thorne, Will. "'Ramy,' 'Pen15' Renewed for Second Seasons at Hulu". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ramy Youssef: Feelings". HBO. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  14. ^ Vognar, Chris (August 19, 2022). "Mohammed Amer Is a Salad Bowl". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  15. ^ "Ramy Youssef Inks Overall Deal With A24 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  16. ^ Framke, Caroline (March 10, 2019). "TV Review: 'Ramy'". Variety. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  17. ^ Ibrahim, Shamira (April 23, 2019). "What 'Ramy' Gets Wrong About Muslim Women". The Atlantic. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Garrison, Anna (August 19, 2022). "A New Interview Reveals a Surprising Detail About Ramy Youssef's Love Life". Distractify. Retrieved October 11, 2023.
  19. ^ Zungu, Akhona (September 6, 2023). "Ramy Youssef's Wife: The Actor Is Married & Prefers to Keep His Personal Life Private". news.amomama.com. Retrieved October 11, 2023.

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