Ramy Youssef SNL Monologue: Politics, Palestine, Presidential Elections


Ramy Youssef talked about politics and religious holidays during his Saturday night live monologue, saying that a trans woman should be the next president and then calling for the release of the people of Palestine and the hostages.

Youssef, the creator and star of Hulu’s ramy who recently appeared in the Oscar-winning film poor things, He arrived at the 8H studio on Saturday for his first season as host of the NBC sketch show.

He began his monologue by noting that “this is an incredibly spiritual weekend. We are in the holy month of Ramadan, tomorrow is Easter and yesterday Beyoncé released a new album. There are so many religions that celebrate all at the same time.”

Youssef, who is Muslim, noted that he is “doing Ramadan.”

“I love Ramadan because I love being with Muslims,” ​​he said. “We are very loving and I feel like people don’t know that about us. They know all these other things. But man, we love to love and we are very free with it.”

He said that his old friends growing up are “weird about love.”

“I have a friend who was like, man, I’ve been dating this girl, man, and I told her I loved her. It’s only been nine months,” she said. “I was like, dude, I just said that to my Uber driver. I gave him my number. I thought, bro, let’s exit the app. I want to meet you. You mean something to me. (After) nine months, you should have a child.”

(Later in the show, Youssef appeared in a pre-recorded “Ozempic for Ramadan” commercial parody designed to help with fasting.)

He then turned to politics, lamenting that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has followers everywhere and not just in the South: “So I live in New York; We’re in this bubble and we think everything we don’t agree with is in the South, but I don’t believe in the South. There is no South. Like the South is 45 minutes from wherever you are. I had a show in upstate New York. I was walking through the neighborhood. There’s all this Trump stuff. Flags, red hats. I was like, yo, I went north but I’m south, and I could feel it. “

He then turned to President Joe Biden, who is running for re-election on the Democratic ticket.

“I know Biden is going to call, I know he is going to call me. I mean, well, he’ll probably forget, but I think someone will call,” she joked. “Like 2020, I got a call from Mohammed Biden. …He says, ‘Ramy, habibi, we love you.’ We love everything you’ve done for Arab America, right? He said it like it was a country. “Everyone on the campaign is a big fan of your work.” And Joe is aware. That’s huge, right? Because Joe has a problem with his conscience. I mean, Joe is aware; “That’s like a Nobel Peace Prize.”

He continued to joke about Biden: “Joe is good when he is conscious. You’ve seen it, right? And when he really, you know, those days where he just comes out and he’s like defrosted, like they gave him an extra 10 in the microwave. He is lit, looks good and says things. He is inspiring. He doesn’t mean anything but he’s like America, you know? He is good. He said, “I’m going by train,” and you say, “I’m sick.” Where he goes? And you never find out.”

Regarding Biden vs. Trump, Youssef admitted: “To be honest, I don’t like either option.” He said the next president should be a woman, to loud applause. She then specified that she believes the next president should be a trans woman, to slightly less applause. “A little less support. Yes, that’s New York,” she joked. “In New York we are liberal but we are Italian.”

He continued: “I’ve been thinking about her. I really imagine her speech. It would be very inspiring. She would say: “Many politicians talk about change.” Like you can see the bumper sticker, right? As, ‘Real change.'”

Youssef went on to point out that he is one of the few boys in his group of friends who prays. “I’m friends with many sinners,” he joked. “They are just disgusting people and they call me when they have problems because they want me to pray for them.”

He said he received a call from a friend who is fighting with his ex over who gets the dog. “He says, ‘Ramy, man, she doesn’t take care of the dog.’ She gives him croquettes. She doesn’t even give him wet food and I need it back. She’s just destroying my life. Please man, pray for me. I need it.'”

Then he got a call from another friend whose entire family is in Gaza: “He says, ‘Ramy. They are suffering. I don’t know where half of them are. I don’t know what to do. Please pray for them. It’s the only thing that we can do'”.

Youssef joked: “So that night I go to pray and my prayers are… complicated. I have a lot to fit into. Dear God, please help Ahmed’s family. Please, stop suffering. Stop the violence. Please. liberate the people of Palestine. Please.” Here he received strong applause from the audience.

“And please release the hostages, all the hostages, please,” he added, to more applause. “And while you’re at it, I mean, you know, free Mr. Bojangles. I mean he is he, he is a beautiful dog. “I’m praying for that dog.”

Youssef has clearly expressed his calls for peace between Israel and Gaza. He also wore an Artists for Ceasefire pin at the Oscars earlier this month.

Watch his monologue below.

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