Alvin Irby, an elementary teacher turned comedian and social entrepreneur, is a southern transplant living in New York City. Irby's smart brand of comedy draws on his eclectic professional and life experiences. Since moving to NYC in 2007, he has performed at comedy clubs, festivals, and colleges throughout the United States, taught kindergarten and 1st grade, completed two Masters degrees, and has also launched a nationally recognized literacy program called Barbershop Books, which has been featured on CBS, NBC, BBC News and in The Atlantic's CityLab. Irby was one of nine national finalists in the 2015 StandUp NBC Comedy Competition and his clever social commentary and hilarious observations have made him one of comedy's freshest new voices.
As a national speaker and workshop facilitator, Alvin Irby has inspired thousands of students, educators, youth development leaders, and public officials across the United States. Irby's diverse professional experiences as a classroom teacher, nonprofit leader, entrepreneur, and comedian create customized and memorable speaking engagements that are engaging, informative, and insightful.