Maysoon Zayid is a comedian, actress, writer, and disability advocate. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and a Princeton Fellow. Zayid is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, ABC News, and Oprah Winfrey Networks. Zayid had the most viewed TED Talk of 2014 and was thrilled to collaborate with Huda Beauty.
As a professional comedian, Zayid has sold out top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Together Live Tour. Zayid appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess With the Zohan and has written for Glamour magazine. She limped in New York Fashion Week and is a recurring character on General Hospital. She is the author of the best-selling memoir "Find Another Dream" and is collaborating with Scholastic on her debut comic book "Shiny Misfits."
Arts and Conflict
Maysoon explores how to use comedy and theater to reach high-risk youth and teach them non-violent self-expression.
Growing Up Muslim in America
Maysoon shares her experiences of growing up Muslim in a country that is afraid of Muslims and growing up American in a family that's afraid of Americans.
Survival of the Unfittest
Maysoon talks about living with, rather than suffering from, disabilities and how to best use something people expect will hold you back to excel.
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