Palestinian American comedian, writer and actress Maysoon Zayid will make a special appearance at the Arab American National Museum on Saturday, May 7, to perform two comedy shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Zayid is celebrated as one of the first Muslim women to become a comedian in America and perform in Palestine and Jordan. She uses comedy as a way to redefine disability; her inspirational motto, If I Cancan, You Cancan, reflects her experience of growing up with cerebral palsy. The award-winning Zayid has become a worldwide sensation with her extraordinary ability to make her audiences smile and laugh. 

The Museum is proud to announce the addition of Zayid to AANM's Making an Impact permanent exhibit!

Tickets: $15 AANM Members; $20 General public

7 p.m. tickets | 9 p.m. tickets

About Maysoon Zayid:

The New Jersey native developed a passion for acting at a young age and attended Arizona State University (ASU) where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting.  She recently returned to her alma mater as a faculty member and comedian-in-residence. Read more about her work at ASU HERE.

Zayid has appeared on many television programs throughout her career including Comedy Central's Watch List, PBS's America at a Crossroads: Muslim Comics Stand Up, As the World Turns, Law & Order, Countdown with Keith Olbermann (full-time on-air contributor), The Queen Latifah Show as well as NBC Nightly News and ABC's 20/20. In 2008, she starred in the featured role of Nadira in Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.

As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in prominent 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. In 2003, Zayid and Dean Obeidallah co-founded the annual New York Arab American Comedy Festival as a way for Arab American comics, actors, filmmakers and playwrights to showcase their talents.

Her screenplay Little American Whore, produced and directed by Lebanese American Kathy Najimy, was chosen for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab with production beginning in 2009 featuring Zayid in the lead role.

As the founder of Maysoon’s Kids in April 2001, an education and wellness program to address the needs of the growing population of disabled children in Palestine, Zayid devotes three months annually to spend in Palestine and 80 percent of the program’s funding comes from her comedy work.

Awards and recognition:

Appeared as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Named one of 21 leaders of the 21st century in 2014 by Women's Enews

Honoree of United Cerebral Palsy of NYC's Women Who Care Awards in 2013

Recipient of the 2015 Felix Award for her commitment to using arts to change the public perception of disability

TED Women 2013 feature, “I got 99 problems….palsy is just one,” has received more than 7,000,000 views

Additional resources:

Maysoon Zayid official website


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