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About Alvin

Alvin Irby, M.S., MPA

Alvin Irby is a former kindergarten teacher turned award-winning social entrepreneur, comedian, and author. As Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, winner of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, Irby creates create child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops across America. For more than 9 years, Irby has hosted events and performed stand-up comedy at comedy clubs, colleges, and conferences. His clever social commentary and hilarious observations recently earned him one of nine spots in the StandUp NBC national showcase held at the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles, CA.

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