Baratunde R. Thurston

in Washington D.C., The United States
September 11, 1977



Baratunde Rafiq Thurston is an American comedian based in Boston and New York City. A politically-active, technology-loving comedian, he co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for "The Onion." 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.

Thurston is the author of three self-published books, "Better than Crying: Poking Fun at Politics, the Press & Pop Culture," "Keep Jerry Falwell Away from My Oreo Cookies" and "Thank You Congressional Pages (For Being So Damn Sexy!)" His fourth book, entitled "How to Be Black" was published on February 1, 2012.

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I talked about Bill Cosby on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show


Well that was fun. Last night I joined the panel on the second ever episode of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Our topic: Bill Cosby. The time really flew but I got a few insights and jabs in. Here's the full episode. Here's part one of the panel and part two

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How to Be Black

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“If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being black-friendless, you can either go to the nearest black church and strike up a conversation, or just fire up Facebook, search for “black people,” and start clicking “Add Friend” on the names in the resulting lists. Technology is amazing and quite a time-saver.”
Baratunde Thurston, How to Be Black

“Depending on your own background and life experiences, this may or may not be new to you, but after an eight-to-twelve-hour day, white office workers often don't feel like they've spent enough time with each other. Therefore, they are prone to organizing pseudo-official company activities such as bowling or happy hour.”
Baratunde Thurston, How to Be Black

“There's no perk in being closed-minded as a minority. It's never, ever, ever going to help you, ever.”
Baratunde R. Thurston, How to Be Black

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