Comedian Maysoon Zayid performs at Colorado State University on Thursday, Oct. 8, 7-8 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. Zayid is appearing in association with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Maysoon uses comedy to redefine disability. Her presentation, “If I Cancan, You Cancan,” speaks to her experiences having grown up with cerebral palsy.
Maysoon was the first person ever to perform stand-up comedy in Palestine and Jordan. She was a headline on the “Arabs Gone Wild” comedy tour, and is reoccurring columnist at The Daily Beast. She is also the founder of Maysoon’s Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for Palestinian disabled and wounded refugee children.
In addition to her career as a comedian, Zayid is also an actress and a writer. Her talk at the 2013 TED Women’s Conference, “I got 99 problems, and palsy is just one,” has received just over 7 million views on the TED website.
Zayids lecture is a joint collaboration between RamEvents, the Office of Equal Opportunity, Resources for Disabled Students, the College of Business, and the Muslim Student Association.
Tickets for the event are free for CSU students and $5 for community members. Tickets can be purchased at csutix.com or at the Campus Information and Box Office in Lory Student Center.
Ram Events, an organization created from merging Diversity and Social Justice Programs and ASAP, aims to create an all-inclusive programming board that meets the needs of CSU’s diverse student body. Ram Events strives to provide students with diverse and affordable events that both entertain and enrich the CSU experience.