Laughs for Learning 2017

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Welcome to Urban Montessori's 4th Annual LAUGHS for LEARNING Comedy Night Fundraiser at Yoshi's Oakland!

LAUGHS for LEARNING is Urban Montessori's most important benefit event of the year, raising critically needed funds for our education programs. Your support helps make our innovative education model accessible to students from all walks of life, throughout the Bay Area.

We hope you enjoy the evening’s festivities which include thought provoking comedy, exciting Live and Silent Auctions, and dinner. We thank you for your support and wish you happy bidding and a spectacular evening.


Register and Buy Tickets

UPDATE:  We are extending the Early Bird Rate through Sunday, 3/19!

As our highest yielding fundraiser, LFL needs the support of our community members who are able to attend. Buy tickets if you can and come join the fun, and don't worry if you can't afford to bid. In the past we have raised $170k through this event. It's a great time!

Key Info

Yoshi's Oakland
Dressy Casual
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Dinner 5:00-6:45pm, Show/Auction 7:15-9:00pm.





Zahra Noorbakhsh is a Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian and cohost of the award winning podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast was deemed a “must listen” by Oprah Magazine, and recorded an episode at the White House under the Obama administration. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one- woman show “All Atheists Are Muslim,” a highlight of the International New York City Fringe Theater 

Festival. Currently, Noorbakhsh is writing a memoir entitled, “My Infidel Husband.”


J.R. Havlan is an 8-time Emmy Award winning comedy writer who wrote for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for 18 years. During that time, J.R. also wrote for The Academy Awards twice, contributed to two New York Times best-selling books, and most importantly, got married and had two kids who have benefitted from a Montessori education. What will actually become of those two kids is still up in the air, but J.R. has high hopes.



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