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BELIEVE YOU ME!

When Ramy Youssef met fellow comedian Jerrod Carmichael on set at Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber in early 2015, they bonded not about comedy, but about religion. Carmichael, a Christian from North Carolina, would go on to star in The Carmichael Show on NBC later that year. And Youssef, a first-generation Egyptian-American Muslim from New Jersey, had just wrapped a costarring role on Scott Baio’s Nick at Nite comedy, See Dad Run.

Since then, Youssef has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, notched a three-episode arc on USA’s Mr. Robot and taped his first HBO stand-up special, due to air this summer. He’s also a creator, executive producer, writer and the star of the new Hulu comedy Ramy. All ten episodes of the series — about a single, millennial Muslim-American in New Jersey — dropped April 19. Among Youssef’s fellow exec producers is his friend Jerrod Carmichael (also exec-producing are A24’s Ravi Nandan, showrunner Bridget Bedard and cocreators Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch). Emmy contributor Bob Makela caught up with the duo during a pair of conversations with Youssef — one phone call, one in-person chat in a Brooklyn conference room — and a phoner with Carmichael at home in Los Angeles.

Q: Did you guys really bond talking God at a Justin Bieber

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