Rives is poet, comic genius, storyteller and life of the party, rolled into one. A regular on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, he's also host of the a jaunty little special called Ironic Iconic America (made in conjunction with Tommy Hilfiger). He also designs and writes pop-up books -- a little something he calls paper engineering.
He's got four talks on TED.com, only one of two people to hold that honor. Check out one of our favorites, embedded below. He'll draw you in with his lightning-fast wit, but even after he leaves the TEDActive stage, this word artist will keep you thinking.