Ramy Youssef might not have an Emmy for his work on Ramy, but he still had a very eventful night. Due to the realities of COVID-19, this year’s Emmy awards were notably different. Presenters, covered in a hazmat tuxedo suit, handed out trophies to the winners. But that wasn’t the only change. The show was made possible, in part, because of 130 cameras which were placed in different cities around the world to capture the reactions of a nominee once they’ve learned whether they’ve won or lost. Given the novel setup of the ceremony, there were bound to be a few interesting moments. One such moment occurred when Youssef found out that he wouldn’t be receiving an Emmy.
Youssef was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category for Ramy, in addition to being in contention for directing an episode of the hit Hulu series. Youssef ended up losing out to the cast and crew of Schitt’s Creek. But the actor still went viral for posting a video of what happened when he found out that he didn’t win. The video, which Youssef posted to his Twitter account, is both funny and a little bit reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic horror. You can check it out for yourself below.
The short clip, which shows a presenter standing out Youssef’s home in a protective suit and waving before walking away, is a sign of the surreal times many are still living through. According to a spokesperson who spoke to Variety, presenters were not standing outside the houses of every nominee. Some winners, like John Oliver, receive mystery boxes.
During his monologue, host Jimmy Kimmel joked about how it was unnecessary to go through with the Emmys given the difficulties of dealing with an ongoing pandemic. But the show did provide a potential template for how other ceremonies, such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes, could move forward with their telecasts. The hazmat presenters that the Ramy star could be sticking around for the foreseeable future.