Alvin Irby is an award-winning educator, comedian, and author. He was a 2015 StandUp NBC national finalist and second runner up at the 2017 Laughing Devil Comedy Festival in NYC. He is the winner of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize for his work as the Founder & Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, a community-based literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops. Irby has recently appeared on MSNBC’s Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, The Today Show, CNN, and Sirius XM’s Karen Hunter Show. His hilarious debut children’s book, Gross Greg, combines Irby’s passion for early literacy and humor and has received stellar endorsements from teachers, parents, and children across America. “You call them boogers. Gross Greg calls them delicious little sugars,” he loves to say with a smile. Irby’s clever social commentary, hilarious observations, and education activism have made him one of comedy’s freshest new voices.