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About Alvin

Alvin Irby, MS, MPA

Alvin Irby is a former kindergarten teacher turned award-winning social entrepreneur, national speaker, comedian, and author. As Founder of Barbershop Books, he was awarded the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize. Irby has also received accolades as a stand-up comedian. He won the clean comedy showcase at the 2019 San Diego Comedy Festival, 2nd place at NYC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Festival, and was a national finalist in 2015 StandUp NBC competition. Irby received his M.S. in Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education and his MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University.

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New Comedy Album

Irby’s clever social commentary, fresh perspective, and smart brand of humor shine through in his new comedy album “Really Dense.”

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