Free the people of Palestine: Egyptian-American comedian Ramy Youssef in his SNL monologue

Ahram Online , Monday 1 Apr 2024

The Egyptian-American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Ramy Youssef called for a free Palestine in his eight-minute monologue on Saturday Night Live (SNL), which he hosted for the first time on 30 March.



Towards the end of his monologue, Youssef spoke about his prayers for the Palestinians.

"My friend Ahmed calls me; his whole family is in Gaza," he said. 

"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 we can do," his friend said about the family situation. 

"Please help Ahmed's family; please stop the suffering, stop the violence. Please free the people of Palestine," Youssef continued, describing how he prays for them, in a segment that was strongly applauded by the studio audience.

"And please free the captives, all the captives," he concluded while diverting back to the comic closure of his monologue.



Youssef gained widespread popularity in the US and the Arab world with his depiction of the trials and tribulations of Ramy, a twenty-something, culturally torn, first-generation Arab-American Muslim man in the post-9/11 USA on his satirical television series Ramy.

He received several awards and nominations for this work.

In 2023, he made his film debut in the Oscar-awarded movie Poor Things. 

In 2024, Youssef returned to the stage with his second HBO comedy special More Feelings, to offer his unique reflections on our divided world, the unexpected perils of charitable giving, and more.

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