Alvin Irby is a former kindergarten teacher turned award-winning social entrepreneur, comedian, and national speaker. Irby is the founder of Barbershop Books, winner of the National Book Foundation's Innovations in Reading Prize for its groundbreaking work promoting early literacy in barbershops. His popular TED Talk has over 1 million views and he has inspired college audiences nationwide with his dynamic and inspirational story of social entrepreneurship and overcoming adversity. Irby's fresh perspective, observational style, and smart brand of humor has made him a go to for colleges and won him a coveted spot as a national finalist for NBCUniversal's comedy competition, StandUp NBC. Whether delivering a motivational talk, an engaging lecture, or an hour of hilarious standup comedy, Irby creates memorable and impactful experiences that students enjoy.