Twenty-something Ramy Hassan (played by stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef, Samar Swailem in Mr Robot) was born in New York to Muslim-Egyptian immigrant parents.
And since the September 2011 attacks – which we see through the eyes of the young Ramy in episode 4 – he’s had to juggle not only his devout faith and heritage, but his fellow citizens’ outright bigotry, his own family’s prejudices and all the doubts and sexual desires that his 20-something friends are also experiencing.
It’s a family comedy that tries to be as truthful as possible about what his family is like. They might seem a little familiar. Rami explains, “They’re messy, they’re ignorant, they’re loving, they’re a little racist. They’re everything everyone in America is.” And nowhere is that clearer than in the character of Uncle Naseem (Laith Nakli). You know, “That Uncle” in every family. “Our uncle is a Jewish conspiracy theorist. Your uncle is a Muslim conspiracy theorist. His uncle hates everybody and was probably in the KKK. Everyone’s got that guy in the family. I liked looking at the reasons why he lingers. They need something from him. And then you watch the way people bend,” says 27-year-old Ramy.
Rolling Stone calls Ramy “the Great American Millennial-Muslim Comedy”. But it’s also a great everyday comedy. Just watch Ramy trying to pack for a trip to Egypt to visit family in episode 9. The poor fool thinks that he can take just one bag!