“I’m not a trained professional, but I’ve seen just about everywhere that laughter is healing.”

Updated: Feb 28, 2020

How comedian Maysoon Zayid finds the funny side of disability and the political side of comedy.

By Zack Budryk

Maysoon Zayid, a standup comedian and political activist with cerebral palsy, explicitly incorporates her disability into her material and says that aspect of her is no different than any other aspect of a comedian’s life that comes up onstage.

“I think that comedy is very effective in taking things that people hate, fear or don’t understand and putting it in a form that they can listen to because they don’t feel like they’re being lectured,” Zayid told Changing America.

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