We dedicate this episode to Eurydice Dixon.
This week we discuss Maysoon Zayid, comedian and disability activist, and Zoe Coombs Mar, an incredible comedian who’s shows explore gender and feminism.
“Disability is as visual as race. If a wheelchair user can’t play Beyoncé, then Beyoncé can’t play a wheelchair user” | Maysoon Zayid
We talked about Maysoon Zayid, an incredible writer, actor and comedian. She has cerebral palsy and campaigns for diversity in film. She co-founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival. She also toured America for a documentary called ‘The Muslims are Coming!’ in an effort to counter Islamophobia.
Check out her incredible TED talk here
Zoe Coombs Marr
“The best stuff is when a comic says, ‘hey, look we all do this thing, isn’t that ridiculous and this is why’, and get people to look at human behaviour and have a new perspective on themselves.”
Zoe has performed stand up comedy extensively in Australia, London and New York. She is openly gay and her shows often explore concepts of gender.
In one of her shows she plays a man called Dave a “a sexist beer-swilling caricature of the dregs of masculinity”. In the show she makes jokes about being a female comedian, whilst playing the character of a male comedian, in order to explore misogyny and societal sexism.
She is also an artist and has had video works and sculptures exhibited at a number of galler
She won the Barry award in Melbourne, was nominted for Edinburgh Comedy Award (only female nominee) and just supported Ilana Glazer at Hamer Hall.
Check out her website here