Maysoon zayid is an actress, comedian, writer and disability advocate. Maysoon zayid is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. Oct 16, 2018 maysoon zayid is a tap dancer, equality junkie, and standup comic who cant stand up. Elizabeth warren touts support from antiisrael comic who. A limited number of tickets may be made available by waitlist prior to show time. Now the global advocate for equality is back in asus classrooms, this time as a faculty member and comedianinresidence thought to be the first role of its kind for a university. Find another dream, written and performed by maysoon zayid, is t. Mar 27, 2020 maysoon zayid currently has one of the hottest books in the country, find another dream. Maysoon is the cofoundercoexecutive producer of the new york arab american comedy festival and the muslim funny fest. Hire maysoon zayid for a corporate event or performance booking. Maysoon zayid on tap dancing and figuring out standup comedy. Shell take the stage for together live in boston, new york, and fayetteville, arkansas. Maysoon zayid maysoon zayid comedian and writer writer, actor, comedian, maysoon zayid is the cofounder of the new york arabamerican comedy festival.
She described herself in a bbc interview as a palestinian muslim virgin with cerebral palsy, from new jersey, who is an actress, comedian and activist. There is low probability to book maysoon zayid for a party with anything substantially less than the published booking cost price range. You will laugh a lot and maybe even cry a little as you hear about her upbringing in. Maysoon zayid is an actress, standup comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled. Standup comic and disability advocate maysoon zayids journey has never been an easy one, but her refusal to quit regardless of any obstacles, makes it an inspirational one. I didnt either until someone recently slapped a picture of a green. It was really hard to keep all the comedy while being tied to reality. An evening with maysoon zayid houston museum district. Joking aside, maysoon zayid teaches lessons of inclusion. Arabic and english standup comedy from maysoon zayid, making her abu dhabi debut. To join the waitlist, patrons must come in person to the centerstage box office at rcc hunters woods after 7. Maysoon zayid is a palestinianamerican comedienne and actress whose 2014 ted talk about her career and life living with cerebral palsy became the most watched of. Maysoon zayid is an actress and producer, known for you dont mess with the zohan 2008, cancan and stand up.
With grace and wit, the arabamerican comedian takes us on a whistlestop tour of her adventures as an actress, standup comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled. Throughout her childhood she had always wished to be actress despite her disability. In that spirit, we bring you our comedy issue, a monthlong celebration of funny and fearless women and the enduring power of a good laugh. I shake all the time, maysoon zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. Maysoon, an arabamerican actress, standup comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled, is a force of nature. Zayid attended arizona state university and attained a bachelors of arts in acting. Nov 05, 2019 standup comic and disability advocate maysoon zayids journey has never been an easy one, but her refusal to quit regardless of any obstacles, makes it an inspirational one. The comedian, who hasnt left her new jersey home in weeks, is taking the time to work on a comic book, knit latchhooks and, of course, tap dance. Within the first two minutes, we all understood why. Its a fantastical comic book, zayid says as beyonce climbs the cat tree behind her.
You will laugh a lot and maybe even cry a little as you hear about her upbringing in new jersey, her college years as a. Oct 04, 2019 maysoon zayid is an actress and comedian. But audiences who have witnessed the wit and charm she brings to her standup and this ted talk. Jun 23, 2016 maysoon zayid is a palestinianamerican comedienne and actress whose 2014 ted talk about her career and life living with cerebral palsy became the most watched of the year. Shes known as americas most famous female muslin comedian and the first ever to perform stand up in both jordan and palestine. Maysoon zayid, comedian, writer, and actor, is cofounder of the new yorkbased arab american comedy festival.
The man who taught comedian maysoon zayid that her cerebral palsy was a gift in deep shift own. In 2011, dean obeidallah my trustworthy coproducer at the new york arab american comedy festival approached me with what seemed like a brilliant idea. I love the story of how she defied all of the doctors expectations of what was possible in light of her disability. While watching maysoon zayid present her ted talk, i knew that i would have to share it here. As a standup comic, you change peoples names, dates, detailsyou embellish, says zayid. I memorized every word of andrew dice clays nursery rhymes. Join us for a lively evening of original comedy with two stellar palestinian american comedians, maysoon zayid and aron kader. When i hopped on stage for the first time at the turn of the millennium, i used every slur in the book except for the n. How americanpalestinian comic maysoon zayid got the last laugh. In this hilarious and inspirational ted talk, comedienneactress maysoon zayid shares her experiences of growing up as a palestinianamerican female with cerebral palsy. Maysoon zayid is the most fearless comic alive glamour.
Comic maysoon zayid is making disability mainstream abc news. Maysoon, who has cerebral palsy takes the audience on her crooked journey from being born to immigrant parents in the great state of new jersey to tapdancing on. We will negotiate with the maysoon zayid agent on your behalf, but if your funding is not in place then it will more difficult to book maysoon zayid, because they get many offers to work events that are at or above asking price. Im palestinian, muslim, im a woman of color, im disabled, zayid, who has cerebral palsy, tells audiences, before pausing a beat to hang her head. With grace and wit, the arabamerican comedian takes us on a whistlestop tour of her adventures as an actress, standup. An evening with maysoon zayid sold out asia society. Maysoon discusses the long road to her spiderman moment. Of palestinian descent, she is known as one of americas first muslim women comedians and the first person ever to perform standup in palestine and jordan.
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Maysoon zayid on tap dancing and figuring out standup. Biography maysoon zayid is of palestinian descent was born in new jersey in 1974. Comic maysoon zayid is making disability mainstream. With grace and wit, the arabamerican comedian takes us on a whistlestop tour of her adventures as an actress, standup comic, philanthropist and advocate. On stage at the summit, zayid told the audience, i feel like doing comedy is a fight for our. Maysoon discusses the long road to her spiderman moment where she realized that she could empower. Elizabeth warren unveiled a new endorsement this week from comedian maysoon zayid, who has been a repeated critic of israel and of the white house hopeful herself even calling warren a.
Maysoon zayid talks about comedy, acting, disability. Zayid uses art to help children cope with trauma and disabilities. I want to be the image of the american you dont think is american the muslim standup is on a mission to change the way america thinks about disability. The standup comedian maysoon zayid likes to joke that if there were a competition called the oppression olympics, she would win gold. Maysoon zayid is a tap dancer, equality junkie, and standup comic who cant stand up. I truly believed richard pryor and i were kindred comics, he was the og shaking comedian. Maysoon zayid left asu and became a noted comedian and actress who is succeeding with a disability. Although zayid did not divulge the title of her comic book, she did say that the book was aimed at 10 to 12yearolds and was scheduled to be released in october 2021.
He had partnered with an iranianamerican filmmaker and wanted to take a band of muslim comics to the deep south in august during ramadan to perform in cities that had banned. Maysoon zayid is one hilarious tornado of an entertainer. But audiences who have witnessed the wit and charm she. In a world short on joy, humor can be a unifier and a survival tool. Maysoon zayid currently has one of the hottest books in the country, find another dream. The central character is disabled, and even though she lives in a fantasy land, her disability doesnt. Nonetheless, zayid graciously responded to my request. Maysoon is the cofoundercoexecutive producer of the new york arab american. Her brilliant tedx talk, i got 99 problems, palsy is just one 2014 is one of the mostwatched ted. Maysoon zayid, who has the most watched ted talk of 2014 with more than 7 12 million views. Maysoon zayid is a comedian, writer, disability advocate, and tap dancer. Comedienne maysoon zayid adapting life story into series. Zayid was grateful to be paired with a disabled editor. Ever since her viral 2011 ted talk, i got 99 problems palsy is just one, the comedian has joked about everything from being muslim to having cerebral palsy at a time when, she says, its dangerous to identify as either.64 1316 1220 775 885 1403 894 1410 1555 1074 909 413 1034 759 889 1422 1312 331 1576 430 1547 697 453 1461 738 524 1066 1195 1199 888 1390 1101 1262 450 1247 218 1182