Alvin Irby



Alvin Irby is a passionate educator, leading cultural competency specialist, nationally recognized comedian, and an imaginative author with a demonstrated commitment to innovative curriculum, child-centered learning, and transformative leadership.


Whether entertaining strangers at comedy clubs, leading workshops for teachers, or speaking to barbers about early literacy, Alvin Irby endeavors to make learning relevant, engaging, and fun. 

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Alvin Irby, M.S., MPA

Alvin Irby is a former kindergarten teacher turned social entrepreneur and comedian. He is founder and chief reading inspirer at Barbershop Books, a literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops and provides early literacy training to barbers. His work connecting reading to male-centered spaces and involving men in boys’ early reading experiences earned him the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize.

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A nationally recognized speaker, award-winning social entrepreneur, and comedian providing diverse services customized to fit your specific needs.



Providing nationally recognized keynotes and customized professional development. 

  • Cultural Competency
  • Early Literacy
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Black Male Achievement


Providing strategic planning and training to improve program design, curriculum development, and instruction

  • School Districts
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Library Systems
  • Nonprofits


Stand-up comedian, comedic writer, and event host.

"National finalist for StandUp NBC" 

  • Private Events
  • Comedy Clubs
  • Colleges & Universities 
  • Churches

    What are people saying?

    “Every Student in America needs to hear what Alvin Irby has to say about youth, education, and his nonprofit initiative Barbershop Books. His speech at Archimedes Academy to our Middle and High School youth was invigorating, thought-provoking, and refreshingly honest – and sometimes even a little blunt – but always right on target."

    Scott Dentz, Assistant Principal, Archimedes Academy for Math, Science, and Technology


    Really Dense

    Alvin Irby's newest comedy album was recorded live at New York City's legendary Gotham Comedy Club. Pre-order on iTunes and Amazon.


    Gross Greg (Ages 3-8)

    A hilarious rhyming picture book. This laugh-out-loud story follows a young boy who loves eating his boogers despite the protest of everyone he encounters. Tapping into the universal and hilariously gross behavior of children everywhere, Gross Greg invites readers to reflect on and laugh about the joys of childhood. 

    Other available formats: audio book and ebook


    They Know Too Much

    Comedy album available now on iTunes for $9.99 or on Amazon for only $8.99.


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