UMCS Announces Change in Performers: Hari Kondabolu to Headline Laughs for Learning 2015

Due to a last-minute conflict in his schedule, featured performer W. Kamau Bell is unable to perform for Urban Montessori Charter School's annual fundraising event, Laughs for Learning, 2015. However, UMCS is pleased to announce that Hari Kondabolu, an exciting, rising comedian known for his provocative, personal monologues on race, culture, and society, will be taking Bell's place. 

Hari_headshot.jpgA former writer and correspondent for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX, Hari Kondabolu’s other numerous TV credits include his own half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central, and live appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, among others. In 2014, he released his debut standup album “Waiting for 2042″ and was interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air. He has also been a guest and/or correspondent for numerous Public Radio shows. Kondabolu will be flying in to perform at the fundraising gala event at Yoshi’s on March 19, 2015, between performance engagements in his home city, New York, and his tour dates in Australia later this month.

Through the combined and quick efforts of Bell, Bell's manager, Laughs for Learning’s talent producer Lisa Geduldig, and event emcee J.R. Havlan, UMCS was able to quickly fill the vacant spot with an extremely talented and in-demand performer. Bell expressed deep regrets about not being able to perform at the benefit for UMCS, adding that he hopes to find other opportunities to contribute to the school in the future.

“LAUGHS FOR LEARNING” COMEDY Fundraiser: A benefit for Urban Montessori Charter School

On MARCH 19, 2015, 6:30-10:00pm

At YOSHI’S OAKLAND 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607

Tickets are $175 and include entertainment, Yoshi’s Japanese fusion food, drinks, and desserts.


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