Alvin Irby grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. He former kindergarten teacher turned award-winning comedian, entrepreneur, and author. As Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books
, his work has sparked a national movement to put children’s books in barbershops across America. He holds a Sociology degree from Grinnell College, a Masters in Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University. In 2015, Alvin was one of nine StandUp NBC
national finalists selected to perform at the legendary Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles. Alvin Irby lives in New York City, where he enjoys crocheting on the subway during his free time.