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 Networks In Deep Shift, 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Maysoon had the most viewed 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 You Don’t Mess with the the Zohan and has written for VICE. She limped in New York Fashion Week, is a recurring character on General Hospital, and is the author of Audible's Find Another Dream.

 

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Maysoon is so incredible and hilarious! I loved her whole presentation and found it funny but SO thought-provoking. I think the message will undoubtedly help how I interact with my patients.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Maysoon Zayid
  • Asia Society
  • University of Oregon
  • Pennsylvania Conference for Women
  • Salesforce
  • SAP
  • Administration Professionals Conference
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Middle Eastern Leadership Council - University of Virginia
  • Epilepsy Foundation New England
  • Kaiser Permanente
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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<p>Speaker Spotlight: Maysoon Zayid </p>

Speaker Spotlight: Maysoon Zayid 

Renowned comedian, actress, writer, and disability advocate MAYSOON ZAYID jokes that if there were a competition called the Oppression Olympics, she would win gold. “I’m Palestinian, Muslim, I’m a woman of color, I’m disabled,” Zayid tells audiences, “and I live in New Jersey.” Hilarious, disarming, and with a message that matters, Zayid's comedy and commentary resonate with audiences worldwide. She is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest, and her famed TED Talk, "I got 99 problems... palsy is just one" has over 10 million views. As Zayid states in the talk's intro: "I have cerebral palsy, which means I shake all the time. Look. It's exhausting. I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." 

Hailed in Glamour as "the most fearless comic alive," Zayid has performed around the world, and headlined both the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour, in which comedians toured the U.S. in an effort to counter Islamophobia. Zayid also spends several months of the year in the Palestinian Territories running workshops for disabled and orphaned kids in refugee camps, using art to help them deal with trauma. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Salesforce to college campuses, Zayid's candid, inspiring, and laugh-out-loud funny talks cover topics ranging from beating the odds, to fostering inclusivity and battling discrimination, to the challenges facing the disability community. She receives rave reviews such as: "Maysoon is so incredible and hilarious! I loved her whole presentation and found it funny but SO thought-provoking..." (Kaiser Permanente), and "The audience LOVED you! You connected with the audience the minute you walked onstage and held their attention the entire presentation. Not only did you deliver humor they all enjoyed, but you served as a source of inspiration and motivation. A standing ovation says it all, and you received a rousing one... You certainly were the PERFECT choice for our conference!" (Administration Professionals Conference)

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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 Networks In Deep Shift, 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Maysoon had the most viewed 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 You Don’t Mess with the the Zohan and has written for VICE. She limped in New York Fashion Week, is a recurring character on General Hospital, and is the author of Audible's Find Another Dream.