From Baratunde.com: Baratunde Thurston is a supervising producer at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central. There, he oversees digital expansion and contributes to the overall comedy goodness of that American treasure. A New York Times best-selling author, activist, comedian, and entrepreneur, Baratunde has an uncanny ability to crack the shell of any uncomfortable topic through a personal, accessible, and intelligent point of view.
With an ancestry that includes a great-grandfather who taught himself to read, a grandmother who was the first black employee at the U.S. Supreme Court building, a computer-programming mother who took over radio stations in the name of the black liberation struggle, and an older sister who teaches yoga at her donation-based studio in Lansing, Michigan, Baratunde has long been taught to question authority and forge his own path. It helps that he was raised in Washington, D.C. under crackhead Mayor Marion Barry.