Maysoon Zayid

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  • Comedian, Writer and Disability Advocate
  • Co-Founder & Co-Executive Producer, New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest

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

As a professional comedian, Maysoon 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. Maysoon appeared alongside Adam Sandler in Y ou 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. Maysoon is currently developing a comedy series with Hazy Mills Productions called If I Cancan.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Maysoon Zayid
  • Administration Professionals Conference
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Middle Eastern Leadership Council - University of Virginia
  • Epilepsy Foundation New England
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • TED
Keynote- I got 99 problems... palsy is just one | TED [14:13] - Get Sharable Link
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If I Cancan, You Cancan

Maysoon uses comedy to tell her tale of beating the odds as a multiple minority (Arab, Muslim, disabled woman of color) living in America. This hilarious talk is an extended version of her viral TED Talk, “I’ve Got 99 Problems and Palsy is Just One”.  ...

Maysoon uses comedy to tell her tale of beating the odds as a multiple minority (Arab, Muslim, disabled woman of color) living in America. This hilarious talk is an extended version of her viral TED Talk, “I’ve Got 99 Problems and Palsy is Just One”. 

How to Be Inclusive While Still Having Fun

Maysoon discusses diversity and shares her tricks to being inclusive while still having fun.  ...

Maysoon discusses diversity and shares her tricks to being inclusive while still having fun. 

Words Matter

Maysoon battles bullying and discrimination through laughter and shows that equality for all is the key to a better world.  ...

Maysoon battles bullying and discrimination through laughter and shows that equality for all is the key to a better world. 

Disability and Healthcare

Maysoon tackles the landscape of healthcare in America and highlights the obstacles faced by the disability community.  ...

Maysoon tackles the landscape of healthcare in America and highlights the obstacles faced by the disability community. 

Arabic Language Engagements

Maysoon is available to give talks and comedy performances in Arabic. ...

Maysoon is available to give talks and comedy performances in Arabic.

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Biography

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

As a professional comedian, Maysoon 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. Maysoon appeared alongside Adam Sandler in Y ou 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. Maysoon is currently developing a comedy series with Hazy Mills Productions called If I Cancan.