The gist: Maysoon Zayid, and Arab-American comedian with palsy, gives an absolutely HILARIOUS and inspirational talk of her journey of becoming a comedian and philanthropist.
“My name is Maysoon Zayid, and if I can can, you can can.”
First off, Maysoon is an amazing comedian. I laughed through the whole talk. Although she started off by warning the audience that she’s not inspirational, this turned out to be one of the most inspirational TED talks I’ve seen.
Despite her condition, her parents reinforced the notion that she “could do anything, that no dream was impossible.” Not only did she achieve her dream of performing on stage by becoming a comedian, Maysoon also became a philanthropist and advocate for the disabled. She says, “People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world, and we are the most underrepresented in entertainment.” The power of belief and dream is manifested at its finest on this strong woman.
There’s no doubt that Maysoon has to battle her disability daily, but she is still able to make jokes about it. Her attitude towards life is so positive and authentic. It’s simply admirable.
I’m going to skip the “More of my favorite quotes” section because I don’t want to give out any spoilers. Please go see this talk!