Baratunde Thurston is a comedian, vigilante pundit and television host. He is the co-founder of Jack & Jill Politics, one of the top 10 black blogs and also blogs for The Huffington Post and his own site www.baratunde.com. He has authored three books, including Keep Jerry Falwell Away From My Oreo Cookies, was nominated for the Bill Hicks Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, declared a Champion of the First Amendment by Iowa State University, and called “someone I need to know” by Barack Obama.
He hosts "Popular Science's Future Of" on the Science Channel, and his stage presence has earned him emcee duties at the National Conference for Media Reform, Netroots Nation and South by Southwest. He has been featured in various media outlets including National Public Radio, the BBC, CNN, The Boston Globe, MSNBC, ABC News, The UK Independent, The New York Times, C-SPAN and ComedyCentral.com.
Baratunde speaks at colleges and conferences around the country and performs regularly in New York City, where he lives and works as the web and politics editor for The Onion.