Maysoon Zayid is an actress and professional standup comedian, who received her BFA in acting from Arizona State University. She has appeared on The World Turns, Law & Order , MTV, NBC Nightly News, CNN, ABC's 20/20, The New York Times, and WashingtonPost.com. Maysoon has performed comedy in top New York clubs, including The Improv, Caroline's, Gotham, and Stand-Up NY, and has toured her stand-up act extensively in both the USA and abroad. Maysoon was the first comedian to perform standup live in Palestine, performing in Nazareth, Haifa, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. She is a graduate of The Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership. She spends 3 months a year in Palestine where she runs art and wellness programs for disabled and wounded refugee children and orphans. She writes the biweekly column "The Palestinian American Princess's Guide to NYC". She is also co- founder and an executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival.
In the fall of 2006, she debuted her one woman show Little American Whore at LA's Comedy Central Space. L.A.W. was produced by Kathy Najimy and directed by Abby Marateck.