Baratunde Thurston is a comedian, author, web celebrity and lover of whisky.
His official bio describes him as a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack & Jill Politics, serves as Director of Digital for The Onion and is a regular guest on Leo Laporte’s TWiT.
In the very early days of podcasting I looked for anyone creating them in the Boston area and I found one by him recorded while driving around Boston. He was lost, frustrated and I instantly connected with his honesty and humor. Years later we’d meet for the first time and when I asked him why he had stopped recording we shared a moment of laughter as he recovered from the shock that I was one of the few people who had ever heard that, let alone remember it.
I’m excited because in February 2012 his first book, How To Be Black, will hit store shelves and I can’t wait to read it.
If you’ve never seen him on stage, I suggest you start with his talk There’s a #Hashtag For That from 2009. I was in the audience watching this and now keep a copy of it on my ipad for whenever I need a great laugh.
Baratunde is a Passion Hit because he has taken his love for entertaining and enlightening others and made it life. He speaks around the globe and is involved in a variety of projects. He is one of the most down to earth and funny people you’ll ever meet. I know his story will inspire you.Pin It