October 24, 2016Download
Baratunde Thurston is a futurist comedian, writer, and activist who wrote the New York Times best-seller How To Be Black and has been an executive at both The Onion and The Daily Show. He currently operates as an independent rabble rouser, hosts the Comedy Hack Day event series and is a correspondent with NatGeo’s Explorer series. Photo courtesy of Stuart Tracte.
Baratunde Thurston’s made a career of combining tech, comedy, and politics. From launching Comedy Hack Day to his recent role as the Daily Show’s first Supervising Producer for Digital Expansion, he’s found innovative ways to use code as a tool for satire, entertainment, and activism. In part I of our interview, he tells us why he started as a computer science major but ended with a philosophy degree instead, how he sees satirical apps as technology’s art-form, and how projects like Comedy Hack Day bring people together for a unique, and highly entertaining, coding experience.