Culture, conversation and Egyptian rap, we talk to the Egyptian-American showrunner and actor on all the stops he’s pulled for the second season.
“This show is about conversation, and starting conversations that I think we should be having,” Ramy Youssef said. “I think that’s what’s so fun about this show, that this isn’t just about Arab problems. This is about human problems, and then we look at them through the Arab lens.”
Last year, the age of half-hour coming-of-age dramedies gave us - what is undoubtedly - one of the freshest depictions of Arab and Muslim culture on TV. #Ramy was an almost immediate worldwide success, less than a month after its release, the show was renewed for a second season and earlier this year lead actor show creator Ramy Youssef nabbed a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a comedy series.
We got to speak with the mind behind it all himself in a Zoom interview with CairoScene’s Gasser Ali, where both talk on how the show’s evolved in the second season, Mahershala Ali’s casting, the season’s gloriously Arabic soundtrack and how the season inspires a dialogue for how we can reflect on the good, the bad and the unvarnished ugly present in our culture.
You can binge the whole of Ramy season two exclusively on OSN. Rolla Karam, Vice President of Acquisitions and Head of Arabic Programming at OSN commented “OSN is committed to bringing the best in entertainment to audiences in the Middle East, curating a line-up of content that includes mainstream successes and indie hits.
“Ramy Season 1, was a huge success with millennial audiences and indicative of the type of content this younger audience demographic wants to watch. We’re sure Season 2 will be equally successful and we have plenty more fresh and exciting content in the pipeline.”