December 1, 2021

Lewis Center for the Arts Presents Aspiring Comics

NEED A LAUGH?: Maysoon Zayid, actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate, is one of nine comics at the Lewis Center on December 6. (Photo by Michelle Kinney)

Jersey Jokers, a night of comedy led by comedian and Princeton University Arts Fellow Maysoon Zayid and her “Art of Standup” students as they take their final exam live, is set for Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at the Wallace Theater, in the Lewis complex. Admission is free.

Zayid is a comedian, actress, writer, and disability advocate. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and a 2021-23 Princeton Arts Fellow. Zayid is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time on-air contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, ABC News, and Oprah Winfrey Networks. Zayid had the most-viewed TED Talk of 2014 and was named One of 100 Women of 2015 by the BBC.

As a professional comedian, Zayid has sold out top New York clubs and has toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Together Live Tour. She appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and has written for Glamour magazine. She limped, as she puts it, in New York Fashion Week and is a recurring character on General Hospital. She is the author of the best-selling memoir Find Another Dream and is collaborating with Scholastic Magazines on a comic book series.

Registration is required at All guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask when indoors. The performers will be unmasked and socially distanced from the audience when performing. This event may not be suitable for children under 16 years of age. For more information, visit