American-Palestinian actor and stand-up comic Maysoon Zayid, who has starred in US shows Law & Order and 20/20, besides featuring in films like You Don’t Mess With The Zohan (2008), received praise from unexpected quarters a few days ago. It was none other than Shah Rukh Khan, who took to his Twitter account to praise Maysoon.
The Bollywood actor had recently returned from Dubai, when he posted a tweet saying, “If there is one woman I have fallen In love with at first sight it has to be the very brave, beautiful & Funny Maysoon Zayid. See her Ted talk (sic).”
After which, Shah Rukh even re-tweeted a link to her latest performance for Ted, in which she starts her set by saying, “I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time. I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.”
Maysoon also promptly thanked Shah Rukh for his support and kind words. “Thank you so much @iamsrk so happy you liked it. I’m thrilled you took the time to watch it and to share :) (sic),” she posted on Twitter. She is reportedly the first person to ever perform stand-up comedy in Palestine and Jordan.
Soon, Maysoon will also be seen in the upcoming documentary titled, The Muslims Are Coming!. It features a group of Muslim American stand-up comedians touring the US in an effort to counter Islamophobia.