Last night Ramy Youssef won the award for Lead Actor in a Comedy series at the Golden Globes, beating some the industry’s biggest talent to a prize.
Winning for playing the lead role of Ramy Hassan in the Hulu series Ramy, Youssef was a surprise but fitting victor, beating Paul Rudd (Living With Yourself), Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method), Bill Hader (Barry) and Ben Platt (The Politician) to the prize.
While Youssef has starred alongside GQ Middle East cover star Rami Malek in Mr Robot, this award is the breakout moment that has brought him to the attention of the world.
“This is some crazy sh*t,” he said.
Ramy centres on the story of Ramy Hassan, a first-generation Egyptian American embarking on a spiritual journey in New Jersey. The show explores the tension between his Muslim upbringing and the values of Ramy’s peers who ultimately believe life has no meaning.
Accepting the award, Youssef began by saying “I would like to thank my God. Allahu akbar.”
He went on to say “Look, I know you guys haven’t seen my show. Everyone’s like, ‘Is this an editor?’ We made a very specific show about an Arab Muslim family living in New Jersey, and this means a lot to be recognised on this level.”
The 10-part series is in its first season on Hulu and has already been commissioned for a second. The show also stars Amr Waked, Shadi Alfons and Rosaline Elbay- all Egyptian actors- and Palestinian comedian Mohammed Amer. They are set to be joined by Mahershala Ali in season two.
Backstage after receiving his award Ramy said:
“This show is called Ramy. Part of why we picked that is because we didn’t want to call it Muslims, we didn’t want to call it something that would blanket a group of a billion people. It’s a really specific story. Hopefully this allows people to make more stories.”