Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 October 2020

Ramy Youssef shows us what happens when you lose an Emmy in 2020

The Egyptian-American star posted a video on his Twitter page shortly after losing out on an Emmy Award

Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef shared a video on his Twitter page showing what happens when you lose an Emmy in 2020. Hulu via AP
Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef shared a video on his Twitter page showing what happens when you lose an Emmy in 2020. Hulu via AP

At this year’s Emmy Awards, the coveted golden statues were delivered to winners by interns in hazmat suits. It was a fun and at times cruel way to abide by the coronavirus-related restrictions, bringing a much-needed air of humour to the awards ceremony.

But what about those who didn’t win? Turns out the award was delivered to their doorstep as well. Moments after losing out to Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy, Ramy Youssef shared a video on his Twitter page showing what happens “when you lose an Emmy”.

The four-second video shows someone standing outside the window of Youssef’s home, dressed in a black hazmat suit with an Emmy in hand, waving goodbye. Laughter can be heard in the background.

Ramy was the first Muslim-American sitcom to be nominated for an Emmy Award. The show, which follows its titular protagonist’s often-hilarious attempts at balancing his religious and cultural principles, was nominated in three categories. Youssef was in the running for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award, as well as Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the episode Miakhalifa.mov. Mahershala Ali was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the show.

Unfortunately, Ramy lost all three categories to Schitt’s Creek, which was the big winner on the night, taking home seven awards.

This year, Youssef won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Ramy. The series was renewed by Hulu for a third season in July, six weeks after the second debuted on the streaming platform.

In an interview with The National in June, Youssef said he was working on signing up some other big names for the coming season. "We’re still trying to get Lindsay Lohan. We'd really like to have her on the show. And Mo Salah. We’ve got to get the Egyptian legend on,” he said.

"It's a weird feeling, to make 20 episodes and feel like we're only just getting started.

Besides his work on Ramy, Youssef is now teaming up with Steve Way – who plays Steve in Ramy and who was born with muscular dystrophy – to work on a series that explores a community of people with disabilities.

“I’ve known Steve since we were like 9 or 10,” Youssef said. "We’re writing the show together and Steve is going to star in it. It's all about the disabled community and the people in it.”

Updated: September 21, 2020 01:22 PM

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