TED: Maysoon Zayid talks about her disability and how it never stopped her from her goals



Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 3.06.07 PMMaysoon Zayid is an actress, professional standup comedian, and writer. She received a BA in Acting from Arizona State University. She is the co-founder and co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Maysoon was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and has most recently appeared on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and Huffington Post Live. She is currently a writer at The Daily Beast.

Maysoon has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Watch List, PBS’s America at a Crossroads: Muslim Comics Stand Up, CNN, HBO, As The World Turns, Law & Order, MTV, 20/20, BBC’s The Doha Debates, and had a feature role in Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs, and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She is a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour.

fhd008zoh_maysoon_zayid_001_500x270Maysoon’s one-woman show, LAW, was produced and directed by the legendary Kathy Najimy, and debuted at LA’s Comedy Central Space. Her screenplay, LAW, was chosen for the Sundance Middle Eastern Screenwriters Lab. Maysoon was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the founder of Maysoon’s Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children. She is delighted to be a 2013 honoree of United Cerebral Palsy NYC’s Women Who Care Awards.

Follow Maysoon on Twitter @maysoonzayid

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