Laughter is the Best Medicine

Using Humor to Create World Change w/ Maysoon Zayid

Hey, it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching
MarieTV, the place to be to create a business and life you love. You know, a few months
ago I saw this incredible video online of a comedian and she made me laugh so hard that
I nearly fell off my chair. Plus she made me even more proud to be from New Jersey.
So the instant I saw her I knew I had to have this hilarious, brilliant woman on the show
so that you can enjoy her talent as much as I do. Maysoon Zayid is an actress, professional
standup comedian, and writer. She is the cofounder and co executive producer of the New York
Arab American Comedy Festival. Maysoon was a full time on air contributor to Countdown
with Keith Olbermann and has most recently appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry show
and Huffington Post Live. She’s currently a writer at The Daily Beast and Maysoon has
appeared on Comedy Central’s The Watch List, CNN, HBO, As the World Turns, Law and Order,
MTV, 20/20, and had a feature role in Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
She’s also the founder of Maysoon’s Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for disabled
and wounded refugee children. Maysoon, thank you so much for coming to New
York to be here with us. It’s my pleasure. So ok, we’re both from New Jersey. You are
from Cliffside Park and you made me laugh when you said, you know, “I’m not drunk,
but the doctor who delivered me was.” Start us off. Yeah, I mean, accidents during labor that
cause lifetime disabilities are hilarious. So, yeah, the doctor who delivered me was
drunk. I was born in New Jersey and, you know, I always picture him being down the shore
like, you know, doing slip and slides and taking shots. And he came up and I came out
fist first and the party was over. I lost 3 minutes of oxygen and as a result I have
cerebral palsy. And in my case it manifests itself by me shaking all the time, which is
fun. Burns calories. Very efficient. You… just how you handle everything with
such humor, and I also love the story that you tell about your dad. About both of your
parents, how they didn’t believe in the word can’t, that you can’t do it. How did that
impact you growing up? I mean, I’m really blessed and lucky because
so many people don’t have parents who are also their advocates. And often parents let
doctors guide the way and don’t kind of question or push. My parents weren’t like that. They
had really strong faith and I think that both of them kinda had big egos and weren’t willing
to just settle for what the doctors told them would happen, which was they said I would
never walk and, of course, I’d never graduate college and they’d be lucky if I got to
a fourth grade level. And my parents decided to go against that. And I talk about my dad
teaching me to walk because what he did was he put my feet on his feet and he just walked.
So I always say I walked miles on that man’s shoes. Not in them, but on them. And also,
my parents couldn’t afford physical therapy so they sent me to a tap class. So I’ve
been tap dancing since the age of five, which is what most Muslim women in America do. And
that was really helpful too because I learned to dance in heels. So walking in heels was
never an issue. That’s awesome. And being from Jersey, we
typically like to wear heels. Yeah. When we can. Heels, big hair, makeup. I mean, just the
amount of hairspray that I used to put in my hair in high school, that was a whole other
balance obstacle for the CP because I had to like, you know, wield this helmet that
I was sporting. Yeah, me too. My mom used to actually make
me… I had so much hairspray in high school there’d be a layer of it in the bathroom
on the sink and she was like, “You can’t leave that bathroom…” Ooh. I know. It was just… it’s how it was. Yeah, I have pin straight hair, so in order
to get it, like, that big I went through bottles of AquaNet. Bottles. Like 5 a week without…
there’s an entire hole in the ozone just above my parent’s house. Right above it. I can’t take you. So… You can’t take me anywhere. I can’t take you… Because I have to sit down. It’s a problem. Stop it. So I also read that you wrote…
you learned to walk by tap dancing, but you learned to live by doing yoga. Yeah. Yeah. Tell me how… do you love yoga? Do
you still do it? Yeah, I love yoga but I don’t ohm. You don’t ohm. I’m really… like, I’m competitive at
yoga. Yeah. I try to show up other people in the class
and be like, “I’m disabled and standing on my head. What are you doing, fatty?”
Like, you know, I’m really competitive. I don’t get into the whole, like, ohm, zen
part of it. Just the stretching and standing on one hand. I was… I was working with Adam
Sandler on a movie and one of the actresses there named Ryan Medin said to me, “You
know, you should really try yoga,” and I was like, “I don’t really think I can stand
on my head considering I can’t stand on my feet.” And I tried it and it completely,
completely changed my life. And, first of all, it made me so much stronger. Like, I
could never lift my arms above my head, now I can. I can stand now. Not for as long as
I want to, but I’m sure that’ll happen. And I just always wonder, like, if I could
have done that from when I was 5 years old, what would the difference be? Because when
you watch me doing standup a decade ago and now, it’s night and day. It’s a completely
different body, different coordination, much less shaking, much less pain. And… so I
really advocate parents with young children with cerebral palsy, start doing yoga at 6
months because you can. That’s awesome. Yeah. Really cool. Now, I know a lot of my summers were spent
on the Jersey Shore, but I know a lot of yours weren’t and you went back to Palestine.
Can you tell us about that? Yeah, I always… I joke about it on stage
and I say my friends went to the Jersey Shore and my dad sent me to a war zone. So I spent,
yeah, I spent my summers growing up in Palestine and, you know, in the beginning there was
like one phone so it was like Little House on the Prairie where you would all gather
on the phone and we’d call our parents and we’d be like, “Why do you hate us?!”
And they’d be like, “When you grow up you’ll thank us.” And I do because I’m
bilingual because of that, so I perform in Arabic and English when I do standup comedy
in Jerusalem or in Dubai or in, you know, Jordan. I do it in Arabic, which is really
cool. And I wouldn’t have that if I didn’t grow up spending summers in, you know, this
village that I grew up in outside of Remoma. And I talk about my comedy is so heavily influenced
by my aunts because I grew up in a time where you didn’t have TV, you didn’t have internet,
a lot of them didn’t have bathrooms, you know, back then. And they would spend all day talking
about other women. So they’d come home from a wedding and be like, “I can’t believe
they found someone to marry this donkey. She was just the donkey in a white dress. They
found someone, God is great.” And I feel like I learned so much comedy from them but
I also learned, you know, a lot about the world because I grew up witnessing a conflict.
So I’ve been in conflict since I was 5 years old and it gives me a really interesting perspective
in America when things happen that are not to my liking. When I see religion taking a
bigger role in government than it should, it really terrifies me because I’ve witnessed
those things firsthand and I see how quickly you can get in a situation that’s the opposite
of freedom and democracy. And I… that actually leads me right to where
I wanted to go next, which was I think one of your earlier ambitions was wanting to be
an attorney. Yeah. Yeah. And you took a class and things started to
shift and you realized comedy was a possibility. And I never told my parents, which was really
funny. So I was gonna be a lawyer because I always talk too much and I’m very opinionated.
And my parents were like, “You can fight with the wall, so you should become a lawyer.”
And lawyers played a big part in my life because Drunky the Clown got sued and, you know, my
lawyer, Gerald Baker, was my hero so I wanted to be a lawyer. And I had to take a fine arts
class. And I was very, very academic, you know, just super competitive and I was like,
“I don’t have time for this. What’s the easiest arts class?” And they said, “Take
acting. You get to be like an ice cream cone.” And I went and right after my first class
I was like, “I’m going to be an actress and I’m going to win an Oscar,” and I
switched my major and I never told my parents. So when I graduated my mom was at Arizona
State University and she looks at me and she’s like, “Why are the pre law graduations in
the fine arts building?” And I’m like, “Haha, funny. I kinda have a degree in theatre
with an emphasis in women’s studies.” And she was like, “I’m going to murder
you.” Yeah. And so for you, when you discovered comedy
did it feel like somewhat of a coming home? Like this is what I was meant to do? Were
you always funny as a little girl? I was always very talkative. Ok. And very opinionated. I’m not sure if I
was funny or not, but I do remember like holding court. You know? Being like 10 years old and
being like, “I think that what Reagan should be doing,” and people were like, “Wow.”
But the comedy was a means to an end because I wanted to be on television and Hollywood
doesn’t hire ethnic people willingly, and when they do it’s certainly not a disabled
ethnic person. And I talk about this a lot in my work about how people with disabilities
are the largest minority in the world and also in America. And we’re also the most
underrepresented on television. And the story lines that are done are really quite offensive.
So, first of all, you have able bodied actors playing disabled, which we call crip face
and we find it really offensive. And they win Oscars and we’re like, “This is a
caricature.” But on top of that, it’s always the same two storylines. You can’t
love me because I’m disabled, and heal me. And I wanted to kind of flip the script and
make it be like, “You know what?” I saw all these women that didn’t look like supermodels
on TV and they were all doing comedy. From Carol Burnett to Ellen to, you know, even
Queen Latifah on Living Single. And I thought, “Comedy is my way to get in there and change
it.” And when I started doing comedy it was a perfect fit in that I wasn’t a disabled
comic and I wasn’t an Arab comic. I wasn’t even a female comic, I was just a comic. Because
I came up in New York City in clubs, at the Comedy Cellar, at, you know, Gotham where
you had to bring people or you couldn’t get on stage and we were doing 5 minutes at
6:30 in the afternoon on a Tuesday. It wasn’t the whole YouTube generation. And I was treated
as an equal by all of my fellow comedians, so after the TED talk come out and people
really were like, “Oh, how cute. The disabled girl is trying to become a comedian,” or
people saying, “You know, without her disability she’d have absolutely no material.” I
had already had a decade long career prior to… Yes. Yes. I mean, if you go online there’s a
lot of people who say, “Without the CP, without the shtick, she wouldn’t have a
career, she wouldn’t be on TED’s stage.” And I think, “It’s really amazing that
you all thought the disability helped me in Hollywood, because it’s actually been the
biggest hindrance.” And some people ask me is it being female, is it being ethnic,
and it’s not. It’s really the disability is… it’s the most underrepresented and
people just don’t want to take a risk on us. And I write so often because I want to change
what we’re doing. Like, if you look at a TV show like Friends, there’s no reason
that Phoebe couldn’t have had a disability, or Monica even, and not had that be the storyline.
And we just don’t see that on television. They make such a big deal out of it that it’s
the central storyline. And casting directors don’t think you can just cast us as anyone.
I could be the wacky best friend, I could be the lawyer on The Good Wife. You know? Yeah. It’s a… it’s a brilliant point
and I’m really excited that you’re doing the work that you’re doing in the world. It’s hard. It’s hard. They don’t want
to take the risk, they immediately look at you and say, “Financially how much is this
gonna cost me? Can you handle a 12 hour shoot?” And you’re like, “Sure, I can handle a
12 hour shoot, but there might be a disabled actor that can’t who’s worth making the
ADA accommodation for,” because by law you’re supposed to and for some reason entertainment
and media don’t think that they should follow the law. Wild. Yeah. The other thing that really struck me was
that you talked about the fact that as a child you weren’t made fun of and even as an adult
until you went on the Keith Olbermann show and then the kind of internet comments just
blew up and you’re like, “Yeah, people are scumbags.” Yeah. And I’ve learned because I’ve been
so blessed that the TED talk was translated into 35 languages so I have people with CP
from all over the world contacting me talking about their lives. And I was really blessed.
There’s something about that small town in America where it was just not acceptable.
I’ve had the same 7 friends since I was 5 years old, they were my bridesmaids, they’re
my Jersey girls, and the idea of any of them making fun of me or leaving me out is unheard
of. But also I think that if anyone else made fun of me, they would beat the living daylights
out of them. And I always say my dad looked like Saddam Hussein and I think people were
really genuinely afraid of him and wouldn’t dare cross him. But I was really never made
fun of. So I got to college and I was kind of shocked by the attitude that I found there.
So I wasn’t made fun of in college, but I wasn’t treated as an equal. It was the
first time that I realized that I was different. Because I was getting A’s in all of my acting
classes but I wasn’t getting cast in the plays. And, you know, I talk about how my
senior year they did a play about a girl with cerebral palsy and I was like, “I’m a
girl! And I have cerebral palsy!” and I didn’t get the part. And they said I couldn’t
do the stunts and I was like, “Well, if I can’t do the stunts neither can the character.”
And that was like the beginning. But I went through, I did my comedy, and I really slipped
through the cracks as a disabled comic. It wasn’t a big deal. It was such a minor part
of my routine. I was talking about politics, I was talking about being single and 30, I
was talking about my dad, and it just wasn’t a major issue. And then I went on Keith Olbermann.
And I had the best time, the hair and makeup was amazing, I thought I got in like 6 great
jokes, and I went online and people were basically playing, “Guess what she has.” Did… was it hard to recover from that to
go back on the show? It’s been hard. It wasn’t hard to recover
from that to go back on the show because I felt really privileged about what we were
doing because… it’s so funny, you can have 10 people say something negative, but
if one person says the right thing it completely empowers you. And this newspaper in Philadelphia
said, “It’s not often that you see someone with a disability talking about anything other
than being disabled, but last night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann that’s what happened.”
And I was like, “We did it.” Like, I was just a commentator and it didn’t matter. What’s
been a bigger challenge for me is the TED talk took me to a different level and it exposed
me to a lot more people. And they’re fully… Millions. Millions. Millions. Millions, millions, millions. I mean, I think
the last time I checked it’s way over 4 million. It’s growing every day. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, it’s… yeah, it’s crazy. It’s…
and, like, there’s videos in different languages that each have a million hits and you’re
like, “Wow, why did this resonate with this group of people?” But people are aware that
they can’t make fun of the disability because I address it. So instead they keep calling
me fat. And it’s been horrifying and really hard to recover from. And I even came on here
today not wearing makeup purposely because I just felt like I need people to understand
that it’s what we’re talking about and not what I look like. And I’m fully aware
that other girls with CP might not have the luxury of going to MAC and getting their makeup
done, you know, to go to an interview. And I actually can do my own makeup. It’s terrifying.
You should watch me put on eyeliner, it’s fantastic. But people have been really, really
horrendous about my weight. And it’s funny because I don’t consider myself fat. I work
out, I eat healthy, but I have no ab muscles. So one of the reasons I can’t stand is because
my back is so weak from my disability. So people see this belly and they sit there and
they say, “I don’t understand. Her face is skinny but she’s so fat. She would be
so beautiful if she wasn’t fat.” And instead of going on and prepping for TV like I always
had in the past where I was like, “What am I gonna talk about?” it’s totally become,
“What am I gonna wear? How am I gonna sit? How am I gonna hold in my stomach? How am
I gonna…?” and it’s really taken over my psyche in a way that I had to, like, step
back and be like, “Ok, people need to understand that we don’t all look like supermodels and
that in reality I am healthy.” I’m not a size, you know, 57 or something and it’s
kind of ridiculous that people attack me on a daily basis for my weight. And it was like,
“We can’t make fun of her being disabled, we can cut her down in a different way. We
absolutely have to focus on the physical because there’s no way that this person who should
be inferior should be excelling. So I need to find something that I can tear her down
for.” You make me wanna cry and I’m just… I’m,
first of all, thrilled and I just wanna thank you for talking about all this because especially
for women, no matter what age, what size we are, what we look like, it’s like the thing
that we start to focus on the most. And I just want to thank you. I wanna thank you
for coming on with no makeup and coming on and talking about this because it’s vital.
And I’ve so many times said to myself, for no reason, I hate how I look. I think every
woman in America has. So thank you for having courage. On the flip side, I want to talk about something
we talked about when I walked in… Yeah. …which was, I also have the ability to admit
when I don’t look good. Yeah. And it happens. Like we were talking about
how I went to do this thing called the Thrive conference and I had a makeup and an outfit
fail. And I put up that picture and I said, “This is a teachable moment. I shall never
wear leopard on television again.” And people were like, “No, you look beautiful. No,
you look fantastic.” I saw you and you did in person. And I was like… in real life. Yes. But I’ll send that video. It’s… Ok. It’s hard. It’s hard to look at. And I
said to them, “I also have the ability to go, ‘No. No. We’re not gonna do that again.’”
And it’s like you and I were talking about how we had big hair in high school. I can
look at that picture and go, “No, bad choice. No.” I don’t have to look at it. So we also
have to have the ability to realize, and I think that this is missing with kids these
days, that you don’t always bat a thousand. You’re not always a hit. Sometimes you do
look horrible and you should fix it. You know? You can’t just be like, “No. I’m beautiful
and it doesn’t matter that this red lipstick makes me look like I ate a rat on the subway.”
You have to be able to be self critical but not to the point where you’re self destructive. Yes. And I think there’s something to be
said for being kind. There’s something to be said for being kind. And so many people
have so much bravery behind a keyboard. Yeah. I told somebody the other say and she
was like, “But I’m trying to help you,” and I said, “I didn’t ask your opinion though.”
So I need to ask you before you can tell me. You can’t just volunteer that I look 5 months
pregnant on this day because I didn’t need to hear that today. I need to hear that tomorrow.
You know? It’s… It’s a lot. It is a lot. It’s a lot. And everybody’s very sensitive, you know,
because I’m a comedian. And it’s really hard being a comedian in this day and age
in America because we’ve become word police and thought police and we love spinning things
and taking them out of context. And comics like George Carlin and Lenny Bruce and Richard
Pryor, they went on stage and took risks and sometimes those risks got them in jail. You
know what I mean? And I feel like now it’s like you say something wrong and your career
is done. And I hate the fact that people focus so much on words and so little on context. Yeah. One of the things that I was inspired
by is the fact that you… when you’re doing your tour of the Middle East and you guys
said, “Hey, let’s do some comedy workshops.” Yeah. Because comedy really is this universal language.
And I thought that was the coolest thing. How was that received? Because in many spaces
where, like you said, you can get thrown in jail for what you say. Yeah. It was… it’s really interesting
because we’re being brought into several of these countries by monarchies, so we’re
coming in in a kind of box of censorship and you’re trying to teach people to use comedy
as a voice of resistance. And I think of it as the same challenge as going on national
television and not cursing. If you can find a way to do it without them even knowing you’re
doing it, that’s the best way to get your voice through. And I was absolutely amazed
by how quickly stand up comedy took off in the Middle East. From Egypt to Beirut to Jordan
it has really taken off, people really got it and use it and I’m really impressed because
I did stand up comedy in 2002 in Jordan and in Bethlehem and it was the first time they
had ever seen stand up comedy. And it was great because I’m female and they didn’t
realize that it wasn’t, like, a girl thing to do. So when I brought out the guys, Dean
and Eric, they’re like, “Oh, how cute. Guys are trying to be funny,” because they
thought it was, like, a girl thing. You know? And I love that, that it doesn’t have the
stigma that it has in America that women aren’t funny. Very cool. But, like, I also fight people, because I
like to fight people, but I fight people at the fact that my comedy actually doesn’t have
a message. So people get the message or they get inspired or people who watch my TED talk
and go, “She’s not really that funny,” and I’m like, “It’s not a stand up comedy
routine, honey. It’s a speech.” It’s a TED talk. Yeah. It’s different. And, at the same time,
I go and do stand up comedy and I have journalists being like, “Maysoon Zayid said this, but
actually it occurred in Bethlehem, not Gaza.” And I’m like, “It’s a stand up comedy
routine. None of this is real. None of it.” And one of my main topics that I make fun
of is my husband and I call him a chef-ugee. And he’s this mysterious presence because
apparently when people Google me… and you Google yourself, right? I Google myself, I Google my guests. I Google
everybody. So when I Google myself the very first thing
that comes up is “Maysoon husband.” Everyone wants to see who he is. Ok. And because I’ve kept him completely hidden
from view and I just call him Chef-ugee, no one can find him. So there’s all these pictures
of me with, like, you know, by Brad Pitt and they’re like, “This is her husband,”
and I’m like, “No, I was just photobombing a photo of him. I have nothing to do with
that.” And nothing I say about him on stage is true. Nothing. And if it was I would be
divorced a really long time ago. So it amuses me that people think that comedy is real.
And, you know, I definitely draw from my real life. Some stories are true, true stories,
but most of it is embellished. And if you look at any great comics in history, I don’t
think that Bill Cosby’s wife really beat his children with a stick. That’s very true. The last thing I want
to talk to you about is your organization. Yeah. Maysoon’s Kids. Awesome. Yeah, tell us all about, like, where is it
at? What are you guys working on now? So Maysoon’s Kids is like everything else
in my life. It started out as something and then evolved into something completely different.
So I graduate college, right? And I wanna change the world. And I saw a movie with Michelle
Pfeiffer called Dangerous Minds and I decide I’m gonna become Michelle Pfeiffer. I’m
gonna go teach theater in a refugee camp so that they don’t throw rocks. And I got there
and I was like, “Oh, heck. They need shoes and can’t read or write.” So I realized
that, like, theatre was not what needed to happen. So Maysoon’s Kids, what we’re
doing is children with physical disabilities in Palestine are not integrated into the public
school system. And what we did is we started a first grade class that mirrors the exact
academic path that the students in public school are doing. And we’re gonna get the
kids to the third grade and then take them to the public school and show them that there’s
no reason to integrate them. They’ll have writing skills, reading skills, everything
they need to be integrated. Right now even though I object to the fact that they’re
not integrated, I understand the school. Because the parents are not getting them to the basic
level. They don’t have speech, they don’t know how to hold a pen, and the schools don’t
know what the alternatives are. So we take these kids in very small groups, 7 at a time,
and we get them ready to be integrated. And our dream is to replicate this all throughout
the West Bank so that kids in every village can eventually be integrated, but for now
we work with 7 kids each group so that we can track it and make it work and replicate
it. I had two kids that graduated from college, one this year. You should never high five
a girl with palsy, you could lose an eye. I still have them. I’m good. You’re just lucky. And I’m lucky, yeah. That’s awesome. And people can donate. Tell us where. Indigogo. You go to, which is
my website. Thank God I had a huge ego when I was 18, I bought my own name and now it’s,
like, worth money because it’s 2 English words: May soon. M-A-Y Ok. and you can click to donate from
there. There’s a whole link about Maysoon’s Kids and… Perfect. So anything that we should know about
anything coming up that you want us to pay attention to or for people to follow your
work and what you’re up to next? I mean, you can follow me on Twitter where
I’ll be rambling about The Bachelorette. And they can go on because I’m
touring all over the place. I’m going to Virginia and I’m going to Indianapolis,
Detroit, Iceland, and Greece and Mexico. So I’m gonna be all over the globe and that’s
it. And then I’m just, you know, every day I’m hustling trying to get this elusive
job on television. But I also wrote a screenplay called If I Can Can, You Can Can about a smalltown
dance teacher with cerebral palsy. And I’m trying to get someone to make it because if
they do I’ll win an Oscar because disabilities win awards. Awesome. I love it. Maysoon, thank you so
much for coming on today. Thank you so much. I love your hand thong. Thank you. We’ll get you one. Thank you. So now Maysoon and I have a challenge for
you. We’d love to know what was the biggest insight that you’re taking away from our
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100 thoughts on “Using Humor to Create World Change w/ Maysoon Zayid

  1. I loved this interview but was disappointed to watch the TED talk afterwards – Maysoon just repeated pretty much everything from the TED talk here, all the same jokes…

  2. Wonderful interview. Love people who make their own rules and push past what society expects or tells them they can do. My biggest takeaway is in realizing how lucky we are today to be able to connect with people who are questioning the status quo. Makes me realize how much positive change we have the power to make in today's world. I wish Maysoon Zayid the best in conquering the entertainment industry!

    Marie, I like your interview style and how you allow your guests to speak their message without interruption. Good job.

  3. LOVE<LOVE<LOVE!!! Maysoon you should see if you can get your own show on Netflix. Thank you for your spirit and don't pay any mind to the critics out there. For some, being negative is the only way they feel better about themselves. Thanks Marie!!

  4. Beautiful and strong women! Keep on doing what you know in your heart is important. Haters gonna hate, but dreamers who take actions gonna change the world for the best! Stay charming and you're not fat 😉

  5. I wish she would be slimmer and more toned) shows the choices she makes) I'm gratefully she's alive and healthy looks youthfull)

  6. She is who she is I just wish she spoke wiser and smarter) I need my own show b*jam in Aye I have won its my YouTube aye)

  7. I think its best to only be viewing enabled people) since what you see is what u get) everywons awesome in their own ways) we all just mind our business aye*)

  8. Know why your laughing and you'll know what I mean) aye) the only kind of laughter I love is the kind where I or others do their best and they give their all and it shows) coincidence although I'm carefully when minding my matters) and when I or others speak about an accomplishment or something so uplifting that we all laugh just b cause aye)

  9. People just love to be inspired by the best) to each their own aye) and its like has she researched or know about or care enough or have enough time to find the healthiest methods for her life) her choice wish her the best as well aye)

  10. Wow! You guys barely realized that we are a melting pot. I am Mexican and I have to do this over and over and over. All BC of profiling

  11. I LOVE THIS WOMAN! I saw her ted talk on YouTube and been obsessed since! I have Spina Bifida and my dream is to open up an all abilities center where we integrate everyone together so no one feels left out! I would love to work with her (and you) one day! I'm living on Long Island right now.

  12. Wow such an inspiring video … Really leaving me grateful for all the blessings I have been born with. You rock Marie thanks for having this on the show!

  13. What I got out of this video is that we should get the essence (of the message) within the context. Take what someone brings to the table as is. Leave the 'but if this were……' OR 'if that was…..than…………' at the door. Context and essence are everything.

  14. That's called talent. I love Marie, I don't miss a show. And this guest Maysoon is probably the most captivating episode I've seen so far.

  15. Love this interview. .so inspirational. Maysoon is awesome and I hope she succeeds in all her aspirations. She truly is an amazing woman. Thanks Maria for having this interview and sharing such beauty to the world.

  16. OMG I love these two women! I think all women have had that feeling of being fat. It's even worse I think, with women in the entertainment industry. Yes, people are brave and sometimes too brave behind a keyboard. But like Dr. Brene Brown says, "If you ain't in the arena getting your butt kick, I don't want hear your opinion." Such an amazing interview! Thank you Marie for this amazing interview. So eye opening and funny. 🙂

  17. ur in no way disable Maysoon..u in fact heal others who r disable , with ur good work n humor..hats off to ya…God bless you always …ur simply awesome..

  18. One my favorite videos of yours, Marie. Thanks for sharing Maysoon's awesomeness, and thanks for sharing love and humor with the world!

  19. Beautiful Marie, although you've had soooo many amazing guests, this interview with Maysoon is by far my FAVORITE! Such authenticity on soooo many levels! It took my breath away and inspired me! <3 LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! <3

  20. Gads, if I knew even a fraction of the things Maysoon has figured out at her age, I could have accomplished so much more in my lifetime. She is a totally inspiring person and I'm pretty sure I love her. Thank you so much for this interview.

  21. Wow, so powerful. I have to admit when Maysoon began to speak, my mind immediately went to negative thoughts, very superficial THEN after hearing her speak, the way she lives her life, I am flabbergasted by how I have not trained my mind to be loving and positive. She is absolutely wonderful and I wish her continued luck in her success.

  22. Ah-mazing! Wow. Listening to this Maysoon interview is absolutely inspiring. She is gorgeous and so entertaining. Will be watching for that Oscar she deserves to win. 

  23. I was having a tough morning and this has made my day. I grew up with s sister who has a disability and it was very challenging but she is a blessing and so is Maysoon. The world is a better place for having her in it., and you too Marie! Your videos and emails make my day. Keep up the great work! 🙂 xox

  24. "I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much not suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt, 1899

  25. I've never heard of Maysoon, but will be looking her up online now for sure. 
    Maysoon you have such a beautiful mind and vibrant spirit! I laughed a lot on this interview, keep doing what you're doing, especially with those children's education. 
    P.S. not sure if you do, but getting regular massages could help you manage your pain

  26. I LOVE YOU MAYSOON! IF YOU CAN CAN, I CAN CAN TOO! <3 thank you for being who you are and for inspiring the world to be a better place for EVERYONE!

  27. For me, this is, without a doubt, the greatest Marie TV episode I've ever seen. Maysoon speaks so much truth it's out of this world. I'm upset I'd never paid attention to her before. She certainly has my attention now.

  28. Maysoon is so pretty and doesn't need makeup – I wouldn't know she wasn't wearing it if she didn't mention it. My take-away is her boldness and focus to stay the course of her mission and spread laughter along the way. I think that's a very good way to live because sharing laughter is a selfless act, especially when you make yourself the butt if the joke. ((I do the same)) 😀

  29. I really loved this episode as it reminds me to never give up on me, on what I do because I have many more abilities than others, and also to keep supporting people with less abilities than me.
    ps: I think Marie was never as serious as in this episode

  30. Wow she is just amaaaazing for saying what she does. She had my crying.So much truth and strenght. She is an example to me <3

  31. I really love this! She is so bold and clear! Thank you Marie for bringing diverse voices to the world. xo 

  32. I just resonated with this video of Maysoon Zayid. She's so raw, authentic, and open hearted in this candid interview. I'm glad you had her on Marie TV. I have so much respect for you, Marie and inspired by this remarkable women in her spiritual journey. Her remarkable persistence and drive is contagious. Thank you for sharing your heart-based journey with us, Maysoon. You are a beautiful soul. 

  33. This interview is both beautifully and emotionally at the same time . Thank you, Marie for inviting Maysoon!! She's an amazing spirit and a powerful woman..a great example for all of us. Keep up the great work you both do because sharing this with us is a great way to makes us feel  powerful and believe even more in fulfilling our dreams no matter what the circumstances are. Lots of love to you 2!!!

  34. Maysoon was awesome. her powerful personality took over the interviewing and i love how she spoke to the fact that women aren't fully accepted as "funny" here in the US.

  35. SHE IS AMAZING!  Not only is Maysoon hilarious, she's so well-spoken! Thanks, Marie for introducing me to someone so bright, uplifting, and inspirational!

  36. There will always be empathetic, compassionate, and kind people and there will always be cruel, mean and sucky people.  It's a choice and I am so thankful for Karma.  Thank you both… Marie and Maysoon for being who you are and what you bring to the world.

  37. MARIE, I love you thank you. I was just telling my mama yesterday how I want to find a way to use comedy to help people to open their minds and also unite them. This video was right on point. I feel truly inspired by May soon Zayid. A brilliant woman, as are you.

  38. It's pretty mind blowing to see Maysoon was never hassled in high school – where most kids are teased the worst, but it all began when she started to appear online. This just goes to show that the internet can be a breeding ground for morons who use an online platform to try to hide and make themselves feel superior by saying mean things about others. They hide like flea eggs in a rug and have no value in the world. Maysoon is awesome. Haters suck. Thank you Marie for this interview.

  39. You are a very strong advocate. I really like your plan to integrate SPED kids into the public school in the West Bank. Your project will work. Someday, I want to do the same in the Philippines.

  40. Maysoon you are awesome. Not Mesckinah. You are an awesome person to be around. You are funny, smart and a beautiful human being.

  41. maysoon – I love you! you remind me of my friends growing up. so energetic funny smart and beautiful. I love that there's no makeup just because I love your face! wishing you the best

  42. Maysoon you are beautiful and unique. God has blessed you and he loves you. You are smart let the haters do their own thing.

  43. "Burns Calories" lol wow that's a strong woman being "a sport" about it (of course what else can she do? Cry? Be angry? Not her)

  44. I loved d video
    It's so inspiring especially to me because I too have Erp's palsy in my right arm and I feel conscious about it in front of people but from now onwards I'll love myself and won't feel ashamed of it
    Thank u Marie and Maysoon. <3

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