Comedian and actress Maysoon Zayid has cerebral palsy. She's also a Palestinian and a Muslim.
And all of that finds its way into her act.
“If there was an oppression Olympics, I would win the gold medal,” Zayid said in a 2014 TedTalk. “I’m Palestinian, Muslim, I’m female, I’m disabled, and I live in New Jersey.”
In the audio above, she tells Ernie she didn't always know she was funny – but she's always been a storyteller.
And she explains how her parents raised her not to see herself as different from any other kid.