Maysoon Zayid Arab American Comedian

Actress, Standup Comedian and Writer


“Listening to the Palestinian-American combating stereotypes of Islam and Arabs with humor, touching on American political affairs, verbally frying male-dominated Hollywood, or addressing the question of Palestine and Israel, it’s hard to get a handle on her, and some come away asking, “What’s the deal with this Maysoon Zayid?”” — Rolling Stone

A Palestinian woman from New Jersey, Maysoon jokes about her family, global culture, and her life with cerebral palsy. She founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival along with Dean Obeidallah, now in its 10th year. She is also the founder of Maysoon’s Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children and was a 2013 honoree of United Cerebral Palsy NYC’s Women Who Care Awards.

Most recently she has appeared on The Queen Latifah Show, The Meredith Viera Show, and Huffington Post Live and was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Maysoon’s talk at TEDWomen 2013 attracted more than 5.4 millions viewers.

Other credits include: Comedy Central’s The Watch List, PBS’s America at a Crossroads: Muslim Comics Stand Up, CNN, HBO, As the World Turns, MTV, 20/20, BBC’s The Doha Debates, as well as a feature role in Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.

Maysoon’s screenplay, If I CanCan, was chosen for the Sundance Middle Eastern Screenwriters Lab.

She was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and named one of 21 leaders of the 21st century by Women’s Enews



LANGUAGES: English and Arabic.

Zayid’s Column at the Daily Beast