Hayden Kristal (preferred pronouns they/them/theirs, but accepts anything said with good intent) is a Colorado-based Deaf queer activist and stand-up comedian. Life at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities has led Hayden to a career as a professional speaker, exploring the intersections of ability, gender, sexuality, and access, particularly within the spheres of activism and social justice. They have brought their funny, engaging, and interactive workshops and speeches to dozens of conferences, businesses, and schools all across North America including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, TEDx, Coldwell Banker, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Connecticut Supreme Court. Hayden’s quick wit and cheerful self-deprecation has earned them plenty of comedic accolades as well, including over 300,000 followers on TikTok and a guest role on Netflix & Adult Swim’s Tuca and Bertie. Hayden has been a semifinalist for Stand Up NBC, a finalist for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’s Comedy Writing Mentorship, a featured performer at Limestone Comedy Festival, and has opened and featured for Maria Bamford.
It was fantastic! Hayden did an incredible job on both virtual events! All of our attendees loved their workshop and the comedy show!!!
Jo Malbert Narváez Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator University of Alaska Fairbanks
Bestselling Author of Permanent Midnight and I, Fatty