It’s no secret that when it comes to entertainment, American media dominates. But when it comes to Arab representation in films or television, roles tend to be pretty stereotypical. A complete overhaul might take some time, but with Ramy Youssef’s newest series in play—things are looking up.
At just 24-years-old, Youssef grabbed the world’s attention with his appearances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and Comedy Central. Just a year later, the Egyptian-American actor snagged his own series on Hulu, entitled “Ramy” that’s set to premiere in April.
The streaming giant just dropped the series’ first trailer, giving us a glimpse into what to look forward to—and there’s a lot we can’t wait to see. The series follows Ramy’s life in his New Jersey neighbourhood, documenting what it’s really like to grow up Muslim in modern society, delving deep into the mores of Muslim communities in the west.
The series will also feature fellow Arab comedian, Mohammed Amer, who also broke major barriers in American entertainment earlier this year with his first Netflix standup special.
The 10-episode half-hour comedy series will premiere on April 19.