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Maysoon Zayid      

Palestinian-American Actress, Writer, Comedian, Disability & Anti-Cyber Bullying Advocate

Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. Of Palestinian descent, she is known as one of America's first Muslim women comedians and the first person ever to perform stand-up in Palestine and Jordan.

She is a graduate of and a Guest Comedian in Residence at Arizona State University. Zayid is the co-founder and 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 most recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey Network’s "In Deep Shift," "60 Minutes," and "ABC News." Zayid had the number one TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC.

As a professional comedian, Zayid has performed in 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 Muslims Are Coming Tour. Zayid appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the the Zohan and has written for VICE. She walked in New York Fashion Week and is proud to be an ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Zayid is currently developing a comedy series with Hazy Mills Productions called "If I Cancan." Zayid has said repeatedly that she wants to appear on the ABC daytime soap opera "General Hospital," and in June 2019 she debuted in the recurring role of Zahra Amir in the series.

Speech Topics

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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Comedian Maysoon Zayid will speak at Mount Holyoke College on December 7 about the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and disability to mark the twenty-fifth ...
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When it comes to visible disabilities, Islamophobia and the Canadian election, American comedian Maysoon Zayid is on point.
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Maysoon Zayid, a Muslim comic with cerebral palsy, performed before the Republican National Convention. And she killed.
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Screenwriter Lindsey Beer is working with Zayid to turn her story into an anthology series.
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Whether being disabled or Muslim, no subject is off limits for comedian Maysoon Zayid.

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