Actress, comedian, advocate Maysoon Zayid to speak April 4

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Actress, comedian, advocate Maysoon Zayid to speak April 4

Maysoon Zayid
Maysoon Zayid

Actress, comedian, writer and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid will present the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center and OASIS Week keynote address at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium.

Zayid is the co-founder and co-executive producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival and Muslim Funny Fest. She had the most-viewed TED Talk of 2014 and walked in New York Fashion Week. Zayid is also an ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Her film credits include “Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and “Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age.”

On April 4, Zayid will use comedy to touch on being disabled and a Muslim woman. Called the most fearless comic alive by Glamour magazine, she will deliver a performance that promises to be relatable, inspirational and hilarious.

The event, sponsored by UPC Nebraska and the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services, is free for students with a valid NCard and $5 for faculty, staff and the public.