Baratunde Thurston is a comedian, author and vigilante pundit. He was nominated for the Bill Hicks Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, declared a Champion of the First Amendment by Iowa State, and called “someone I need to know” by Barack Obama. He has appeared on most major cable and broadcast networks and in newspapers including the NY Times and UK Independent. Baratunde is the co-founder of the political blog Jack & Jill Politics and performs regularly in New York City, where he works as web editor for The Onion. He hosts Popular Science's Future Of on the Science Channel, resides in Brooklyn and lives in The Internet. He is currently writing a book called How To Be Black, which will be published by Harper Collins in 2011.