The best Ramy Youssef shows and movies (and where to watch them)

Ramy Youssef takes center stage this weekend as the host of Saturday Night Live.

Ramy Season 2, Episode 1 - Courtesy of Hulu
Ramy Season 2, Episode 1 - Courtesy of Hulu /

Ramy Youssef is on his way to becoming a Hollywood name that every household knows. He is extremely talented as a jack of all trades in the entertainment industry and is also a very funny person. All the more reason why making him this week's host of Saturday Night Live didn't come as a surprise to us or his ever-growing fandom!

We're sure that Youssef is going to crush his first time hosting Saturday Night Live. However, before everyone does tune in to watch some of the funniest sketches you've seen in a long time, we think this is the best time to learn a little more about his career. Specifically, the very best TV shows and films to watch if you want to see Youssef's talent for yourself!

What better way to get your film career buzzing than by starring in a film that secured multiple Academy Award nominations and wins? Yep, Ramy Youssef starred in Poor Things alongside Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, and Mark Ruffalo.

Poor Things

Where to stream: Hulu

In the 2023 film, Ramy Youssef plays the role of Max McCandles, a young man who takes a liking to his teacher's surgical object, Bella Baxter.

Max's love for Bella leads to a marriage proposal between the two that, on the surface, looks relatively normal. However, because his master surgically altered Bella to have a child's brain in a woman's body, he realizes that the person he may have fallen in love with at the start may no longer exist when they reunite.

Poor Things is a compelling film that dares to ask uncomfortable yet important questions. It's one of those movies that will go down in history as one to watch if you would like to see the world from a different lens. Check out the official trailer for Poor Things below.


Where to stream: Hulu

Ramy was a hilarious yet powerful TV series that was loosely based on Youssef's life.

The series tells the story of a young man's journey to learn more about himself as it pertains to his Islamic religion. He strives every day to be a better Muslim, one who is worthy of praise and high regard. However, his worldly temptations often put him in situations where shame and guilt are never too far away. What's more, as his family's only son, he has a lot of stress on him to become something that his parents are proud of, but by constantly straying from the straight and narrow path, it's safe to say that it was better to expect nothing from Ramy at all.

Youssef was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Ramy, one for acting and one for directing, along with a Golden Globe nomination for acting. In 2020, he won a Golden Globe for his performance in Ramy.

Ramy isn't the classic coming-of-age TV series that you're familiar with. Rather, it is a realistic depiction of the trials and errors one experiences before becoming the best version of themselves. Youssef co-created, co-wrote, and co-directed the series, which has three seasons and ended in Sept. 2022.

The Bear

Where to stream: Hulu

Although Youssef didn't play a role as an actor in the smash-hit series The Bear, he was a very integral part of one of the best episodes because he was the director!

"Honeydew," which is featured in the sophomore season, is a beautifully calm episode that follows aspiring baker Marcus' journey to learning more about fine cuisine in Denmark. The episode depicts a more tranquil side to the chaotic nature that comes with this award-winning series, so it's great to know that Youssef did such a great job directing one of the few episodes we have of (some) peace.

We hope to see Youssef return to The Bear, but for now, we're glad that we were reminded again of how great of a director this talented individual is. Check out this teaser of Youssef's episode.

Hopefully, you can now see why we're such big fans of Youssef. In addition to these titles we highlighted, Youssef also just came out with a new comedy special on HBO (streaming on Max) titled Ramy Youssef: More Feelings. Don't forget to catch Youssef's debut on Saturday Night Live on Saturday, March 30 at 11:30 p.m. ET!

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