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Maysoon Zayid

2018 Speaker

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. Zayid is the co-founder and 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. Zayid had the number one TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by the BBC. As a professional comedian, Zayid 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. She appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, and has written for VICE. She walked in New York Fashion Week, and is proud to be an ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Zayid is currently developing a comedy series with Hazy Mills Productions called If I Cancan. @maysoonzayid