Interview – Maysoon Zayid

I talked to the comedian Maysoon Zayid about her new ABC Comedy Can Can.

Is this a comedy about identity? About your identities as a disabled Muslim woman? Is it political?

Being Palestinian is inherently political, [but] it’s funny first—really, really funny. I am super excited to see what I didn’t see [on TV as a kid]. It’s so rare we see a disabled person [who is] also a person of color; so rare we see an empowered Muslim woman, or a Jersey girl with style.

The story is just a single woman working on career, relationships, and family. She’s single, Muslim, lives in Jersey. She has guys fighting over her, but her dating problems have nothing to do with disability. She just has very bad judgment.

The story I open the interview with about how we met is true. You can read about it here.

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