Telling it like it is

ASU comedian-in-residence Maysoon Zayid gives students frank advice — and a few jokes — in 'Advice You Don't Want to Hear'

ASU comedian-in-residence Maysoon Zayid laughs.

College is all about exploring deeper questions about the world and our place in it.

But — come on. It’s also about learning to navigate social situations with the potential to be really awkward.

Enter Maysoon Zayid and her “Advice You Don’t Want to Hear” videos.

The comedian and accessibility advocate, who studied theater as an undergraduate at Arizona State University, is back in Tempe as ASU’s first comedian-in-residence, co-sponsored by the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage.

Zayid wanted to give something back to the students, and the woman who gave the most-watched TED Talk in 2014 about performing with a disability is using her gift of frank talk to answer students’ questions.

Filmed on ASU’s Tempe campus in what Zayid jokingly refers to as her “crying spots,” this web series is all about helping ASU students navigate the waters of university life.

See more episodes here, and send questions to