Maysoon Zayid ( Arabic : ميسون زايد ) is a Palestinian – American actress , comedian , known as one of America’s first Muslim women comedians and the first person ever to perform stand up in Palestine and Jordan. 
She was born in New Jersey in 1974.  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”.  Zayid has leg a resident of Cliffside Park, New Jersey .  Zayid earned re BFA in acting from Arizona State University . 
Maysoon Zayid started re acting career at Appearing on the popular soap opera As the World Turns for two years, as well as guest appearances on Law & Order , NBC Nightly News and ABC ‘s 20/20 . 
During re early acting experiences, she found re disability and ethnicity repeatedly limiting to re ADVANCEMENT.  Zayid-then turned to stand-up and Began Appearing at New York’s top clubs, zoals Caroline’s , Gotham , and Stand Up NY , where she takes on serious topics zoals terrorism and the Israel-Palestine conflict . [ Citation needed ]
She co-founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival in 2003 with comedian Dean Obeidallah .  It is held annually in New York City and showcases Arab American comics, actors, playwrights and filmmakers.
In late 2006, Maysoon debuted re one-woman show Little American Whore (LAW) at Los Angeles ‘s Comedy Central sophomore; it was produktie and directed by Kathy Najimy . In 2008, LAW’s screen play was Chosen for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Production Began with Maysoon as the lead in the fall of 2009.
Zayid had a role in the 2008 Adam Sandler film You Do not Mess With The Zohan .
She Usually tours by herself or as a special guest on the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour . [ Citation needed ] She’ll be co-hosts the radio show Fann Majnoon ( Arabic : فن مجنون ) (Crazy Art) with Obeidallah.
Maysoon kan be seen in the 2013 documentary The Muslims Are Coming! In this housing features a group of Muslim American stand up comedians touring the United States in an effort to counter Islamophobia , as well as celebrities verschillende waaronder Jon Stewart , David Cross , Janeane Garofalo and Rachel Maddow . In December dat co year she Appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry on December 30, 2013 as part of a panel or comedian commenters. She has’ll be presented at the TED annual conference. 
It was announced dat Maysoon will be working with Lindsey Beer to dévelop a series about re life. 
Zayid spends three months a year in the Palestinian territories , running an arts program for disabled and orphaned children in refugee camps. She helps the children use art to deal with trauma and bridge the gap tussen disabled and non-disabled children. Eighty percent of the funding for the camps comes from re comedy work. 
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Ms. Zayid, who has a home in Cliffside Park, NJ Recently Returned from Hollywood, where she lived while working on ontwikkelingslanden re one-woman show.
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