The Netflix comedy series “Mo” stars Mohammed “Mo” Amer in an autobiographical version of his Texas upbringing.
Comedian Mo Amer is creating, starring and producing the upcoming Netflix series “Mo”, based on his own life. Ramy Youssef co-created the comedy show and is also an executive producer with A24.
“Mo” centers on Mo Najjar (Bitter) who is caught between two cultures, three languages, and “a ton of bullshit,” as the show’s official synopsis puts it. Mo is a Palestinian refugee whose mother, sister and older brother fled to Houston while trying to obtain US citizenship.
“Laughing at the pain, Mo learns to adapt to her new world, even though moving forward in life comes with many setbacks,” reads the description for the Netflix series. “Mo” will premiere on August 24.
Teresa Ruiz stars as Mo’s girlfriend, Maria, with Farah Bsieso as Mo’s mother, Yusra Najjar. Omar Elba plays Sameer Najjar, Mo’s older brother with social anxiety, and Tobe Nwigwe is Nick, Mo’s oldest, most loyal and cunning friend.
The 30-minute comedy series is produced by Ravi Nandan and Hallie Sekoff for A24, Harris Danow, Luvh Rakhe and series director Solvan “Slick” Naim.
“Mo”‘s announcement came ahead of Amer’s Netflix stand-up special at the Netflix Is a Joke festival in Los Angeles. Amer also stars in the upcoming DC movie “Black Adam” alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Executive producer and series co-creator Youssef is behind his own fictionalized personal story, “Ramy,” which is critically acclaimed on Hulu.
Youssef previously told IndieWire that he approaches television with a “short film feel” to focus on one character at a time to include multiple storylines.
“We don’t want to do the TV thing where every episode is an A story, a B story, a C story, where things start to feel really crammed and it starts to feel like nothing really takes its air and it feels very stereotypical,” Youssef said.
The Emmy nominee leads A24’s production company Cairo Cowboy under a multi-year deal. Youssef previously announced an Apple TV+ series starring “Ramy” alum Stephen Way in 2019. Youssef is attached as showrunner and executive producer for this as yet untitled series.
Youssef will also appear in “Poor Things” by Yorgos Lanthimos alongside Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe and Margaret Qualley. He is also set to lend his voice to the animated feature “Hump” about a camel traveling through the Arabian desert.
Check out the first look at “Mo” below. “Mo” premieres August 24 on Netflix.