Who’s Who in “Mo”

Who’s Who in “Mo”

“Mo” centers on Palestinian American Muslim Mo Najjar and his family’s struggles to make a life in Houston as refugees. The show was created by Mo Amer and Ramy Youssef. Read on to learn more about the cast of the series.

Mo Amer

Mohammed “Mo” Amer is a Palestinian American Muslim comedian from Houston He is the co-creator and star of “Mo,” which is semi-autobiographical. According to Amer, the show is based on what his life might have been if he hadn’t found stand-up and comedy as a viable career. Amer first got his start in stand-up at the age of 14, in his English class, with encouragement from his teacher. Since then, Amer has been doing stand-up professionally, both on his own and as a member of the comedy troupe Allah Made Me Funny, along with comedians Azhar Usman (who also wrote for “Mo”) and Bryant “Preacher” Moss. 

Amer also starred on two seasons of “Ramy,” as the titular character’s cousin Mo, who owns a diner. He is best known for his comedy special “Mo Amer: The Vagabond” and now “Mo.” Amer also recently starred in DC’s “Black Adam.”

Tobe Nwigwe

Tobe Nwigwe is a Houston-raised rapper and actor of Nigerian descent who plays Nick, Mo’s best friend since his childhood. Nwigwe first started releasing music in 2016, in collaboration with his wife, Martica “Fat” Nwigwe, and his friend and producer LaNell “Nell” Grant. Nwigwe recently went viral for his song “I Need You To (Breonna Taylor)” a 44-second piece calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in her home in 2020.

Teresa Ruiz

Teresa Ruiz is a Mexican American actress who plays Maria, Mo’s girlfriend. Ruiz is best known for her role as Isabella Bautista in the first two seasons of “Narcos: Mexico.” She also recently appeared in “Father Stu” alongside Mark Wahlberg. Ruiz has been awarded several international Best Actress awards for her role in “Viaje Redondo,” a film about two strangers who have a chance meeting and bond through an unexpected journey. 

Omar Elba

Omar Elba is an Egyptian American actor who plays the role of Sameer, Mo’s brother. Elba is best known for his role opposite Tom Hanks in the movie “A Hologram for the King.” In “Mo,” Sameer is on the autism spectrum, and Elba, who is on the spectrum himself, prepared for the show with a behavioral therapist. 

Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis, who plays Mo’s sister Nadia, is a Palestinian American actress, producer, director and screenwriter. She has directed episodes of “Ramy,” “Only Murders in the Building,” and began her career as a writer on “The L Word.” Dabis grew up in the Midwest and frequently faced discrimination, which inspired her to work to accurately portray the lives of Arabs in America. She was most recently nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the episode “The Boy from 6B” of “Only Murders in the Building.”