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Baratunde Thurston (The Onion)
Keynote
Location: Special Events Hall
Average rating: ****.
(4.89, 35 ratings)

Keynote by Baratunde Thurston, conscious comic & vigilante pundit, Co-Founder, Jack & Jill Politics, Web Editor, The Onion and Host, Popular Science’s Future Of (Aug 10, 9p, Science Channel).

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Baratunde Thurston

The Onion

Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion. He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science’s Future Of on Discovery Science and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know.” Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC. He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, will be published in February 2012 by Harper Collins.

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Alexandra Salomon
11/20/2009 1:22pm EST

absolutely histerical and a great break from the focused sessions.

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John Vasko
11/19/2009 6:32pm EST

This was a lot of fun and at the same time showed the power of social media. I think it would have been even more effective in the middle or toward the end of the string of keynotes.

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Mark J. Levitt
11/19/2009 2:35pm EST

The video is here (see above)!

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Suzanne Axtell
11/19/2009 9:09am EST

Hi Barry, the video will be posted later today or tomorrow at the latest, barring any technical glitches: www.youtube.com/view_play_l...

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Gustavo Sanchez
11/19/2009 2:04am EST

I’m going to sound like the media critics, but this was superb!

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Bob Kosovsky
11/18/2009 10:14pm EST

One of the best presentations of anything I’ve ever seen. When he’s not being @the_swine_flu, the man is a gem. Pure gold.

David Rodgers
11/18/2009 7:58pm EST

Discussed how comedy evolves through new mediums, which is a subject rarely covered in light of technical innovation. The speech was only hilarious, but insightful once you get done laughing.

Barry Merer
11/18/2009 7:23pm EST

Is there an on demand video of this Keynote? It was amazing!

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