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Lauded as “hilarious, high risk, and an inspiration,” Ophira filmed her comedy special Inside Joke, when she was 8½ months pregnant. The show’s material revolves around how she told everyone that she was never going to have kids, and then unexpectedly found herself expecting at “an advanced maternal age.” Inside Joke can be found on Amazon and iTunes, along with her two other comedy albums, Bangs!and As Is.
She has appeared on Comedy Central, This Week at The Comedy Cellar, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, HBO’s Girls, Gotham Live, The Late Late Show, The Today Show, and VH-1. The New York Times called her a skilled comedian and storyteller with “bleakly stylish” humor. She was also selected as one of New York Magazine‘s “Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny,” and hailed by Forbes.com as one of the most engaging comics working today.
Ophira is a regular host and teller with The Moth and her stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and in two of The Moth’s best-selling books, including the most recent New York Times Bestseller Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible.
Ophira’s first book, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamyi s a comedic memoir about her experiments in the field as a single woman, traveling from futon to futon and flask-to-flask, gathering data, hoping to put it all together and build her own perfect mate.
She is also sought after as a brilliant interviewer and moderator, and has interviewed dozens of celebrities, writers, and actors.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Ophira graduated with a Cultural Anthropology and Theater degree from McGill University. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY where she is a fixture at New York City’s comedy clubs
Watt Lesley Black, Jr. is a Clinical Professor in Education Policy and Law. He teaches classes in the Accelerated School Leadership Program, the Urban School Leadership Program, and the K-12 and Higher Education Ed.D. programs. He accepted a full- time appointment to the SMU faculty in 2012 after a more than 20-year career as a teacher and administrator in public schools.
Dr. Black specializes in legal and policy issues in K-12 and Higher Education. He has researched and written about the First Amendment expression rights of both students and teachers, Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection analysis, affirmative action and diversity in the public schools. He has also published work in the area of principal development and school reform.
Dr. Black has presented for the Education Law Association, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, University Council for Educational Administration, and the Texas Middle School Association. He is a certified provider of school board member training in the State of Texas. He has served on SMU’s university-wide Education Programs Council, the Simmons Academic Affairs Committee, the Simmons Committee on Assessment and Accreditation and the Simmons Diversity Committee.
Dr. Black earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas in 2002. He teaches courses in the Accelerated School Leadership program, the Urban School Leadership Program and in the Ed.D. programs for both K-12 and Higher Education. He is the married father of two children and an avid runner and guitar enthusiast.