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Episode 8: Ramy Youssef    

Episode 8: Ramy Youssef

Welcome to episode eight of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and director, Ramy Youssef, hosted by Madhappy founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we speak with Ramy, known for his award-winning show, “Ramy,” about his childhood, mental health experiences, and the evolution of his career.

Ramy starts off by speaking about how he navigated growing up in unfamiliar environments at glamorous hotels since his dad worked in the hospitality industry.  We move into a discussion about stand-up comedy and how Ramy’s father and grandfather influenced his comedic approach (09:18). Ramy then opens up about his first experience struggling with mental health and how he initially tried to suppress his feelings (16:32), Peiman talks about his own experience being an immigrant child (18:54), and Mason opens up about why he started therapy at age 7 (20:33). 

Later, Ramy shares how he makes a point to add both subtle and explicit mental health conversations into his show (22:45). Mason brings up the problems that come with comparing ourselves to others, and we get into a conversation about faith and groupthink (38:47) before Ramy gives some advice to the audience and shares what’s up next for himself and “Ramy,” the show (51:24).

Check out episode eight of The Madhappy Podcast here:

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