The How I Learned Series features writers, storytellers, comedians, and other raconteurs holding forth on a different theme. It all happens every last Wednesday of the month, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you will have the best night of your life on those nights, repeatedly.



Put On Your Red Shoes and Dance The Blues























Last night I had a slideshow of Bowie photos looping backstage just because.

We surprised the audience with a Bowie Tribute at the end of the show. I'd asked Lauren Maul to write a 4-minute medley and did she ever. We ran the slideshow on the big screen on stage while she got us all up in a good ol' fashioned singalong. "Just some folk songs by a recently fallen hero...", she proclaimed before gleefully launching into "Young Americans." <3





An Interview With Brokelyn About Se7en F'ing Years!























Interview by Tim Donnelly. 

I gotta get better at interviews. Like, from now on just come to the show and ask me who I'm wearing and I'll either say, "vintage no-name" or "My neighbor. I guess it's stuff she didn't want; it was all out on the street."

I can't believe it's been seven years. There's nothing I've done for seven years in a row. Not even eating.

Thank you, Brokelyn, and thanks to everyone who's kept this thing going by being in the show or coming out to the show and following the podcast (which I swear will have a new episode up any day now), and telling your friends and all that amazing stuff. You light up my life. You are the wind beneath my wings. You make me feel like a natural woman. I'm so tired!

XO Blaise


SE7EN IS A LUCKY NUMBER, RIGHT?


You guys, this show has been going on for seven years. That's just crazy. What has happened here? I can't even remember what I did yesterday.

The How I Learned Series Presents
THE 7-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW: HOW I LEARNED TO GET LUCKY

Featuring:
LAUREN MAUL
(Writer, Reductress / Host, Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes)

ALANA MASSEY
(Writer, The Guardian; NPR; New York Magazine)
GINNY LEISE
(Actor / Co-Host, The Shame Game)
JOSH HOMER
(Best Emerging Comic, NY Underground Comedy Festival; Comedy Central's Live at Gotham)
DOOGIE HORNER
(Author, 100 GhostsSome Very Interesting Cats Perhaps You Weren't Aware Of)


Hosted by:
BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY

Wednesday, January 27th, 2015
8PM Show (7:30 Doors)
UNION HALL
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
R to Union
B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic
F, G to 4th Avenue

$6 in Advance / $10 Day of the Show
ADVANCE TICKETS


Here's the event on Facebook if you like events on Facebook.


LAUREN MAUL has written for BUST and Reductress. You can catch her hosting Bitchcraft at the Duplex, and Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes at Over The 8. Her character Marilyn Summers is also known to frequent the popular gameshow The Cabaret Showdown. Other credits include The Refugee Girls Revue (performer/musical director) and Stand-Up: The MUSICAL! (creator/composer). Lauren has also appeared in several festivals, including Just for Laughs, Chicago Sketchfest, the Women in Comedy Festival, SOLOCOM, NY Fringe, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, and San Francisco Sketchfest, where Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes played to a sold-out audience.


ALANA MASSEY is a writer covering identity, culture, technology, and relationships for NPR, NYMag, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Matter, The New Republic, Pacific Standard, The LA Review of Books, BuzzFeed, VICE, Deadspin, The Washington Post, The New Inquiry, Jacobin, The Hairpin, Jezebel and more. Her first collection of essays, All the Lives I Want, is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.


JOSH HOMER has always been an outsider—from growing up in an interracial household to being raised a Jehovah's Witness, he was on the outside of the mainstream, looking in. Now, as an adult, Josh’s performances take his unordinary experiences and make them relatable through the universal language of human emotion. Josh has been performing stand-up comedy for 10 years in New York, where he has received several accolades including winning Best Emerging Comedian in the New York Underground Comedy Festival. He has also been featured on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and Travel Channel's Food Palaces.


GINNY LEISE is an actor, comedian and writer. She is the co-producer and co-host of The Shame Game: A Storytelling Gameshow. When she isn't touring the country with the Awkward Sex and the City tour, she can be seen performing all over New York. The most expedient places to stalk her on the internet are @ginnyleise and ginnyleise.com.


DOOGIE HORNER is a comedian, writer, artist, and author of Some Very Interesting Cats Perhaps You Weren't Aware Of (Workman),100 Ghosts (Quirk Books), and Everything Explained Through Flowcharts (HarperCollins). His art and writing have appeared in Wired, McSweeney's, Fast Company, Boing Boing, the Believer, the London Times, the Sun, and other publications. His comedy achieved national attention when a video of him taming a hostile crowd on America's Got Talent became a viral sensation. 

Rock Bottom and Sagging Boobs: How I Learned Gravity Always Wins

OK, December. I don't even know what to say about this past year and I won't attempt to encapsulate it except we, the people, are truly insane. Fortunately, "insane" can mean a lot of good things if you use it as an adverb and then put it in front of a lot of words that mean "good." There are a lot of insanely good (and other words that also mean good) things about the How I Learned series. December's throw down lineup is one of them. I'm not sure what I mean by "throw down lineup," but it sounded OK in my head. Is it a thing? I basically meant it in a way that's akin to that thing where you drop the mic and silently walk away, having won whatever thing it was that you were dropping the mic about. Anyway, super excited about this show. It's the last one of 2015, so join us because everything is almost over.

















The How I Learned Series Presents:
HOW I LEARNED GRAVITY ALWAYS WINS

Featuring:

APARNA NANCHERLA
(Comedian, Late Night with Seth Meyers)
SEAN H. DOYLE
(Author, This Must Be The Place)
SADIE STEIN
(Contributing Editor, The Paris Review)
COLIN DEMPSEY
(Storyteller; Musician, Supersmall)
ANDY CHRISTIE
(Writer; Host, The Liar Show)


Hosted by:
BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
8PM Show (7:30 Doors)
UNION HALL
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
R to Union
B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic
F, G to 4th Avenue

$6 in Advance / $10 Day of the Show
GET TICKETS
APARNA NANCHERLA has an intimidating name, but don't be scared! In fact, she's quite approachable onstage, from a heckler's perspective. Her credits include Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Last Comic Standing 6, The Bentzen Ball, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.
SEAN H. DOYLE lives in Brooklyn, New York. His memoir, This Must Be The Place, was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2015. He works hard every day to be a better person and is learning how to love himself more.
SADIE STEIN is a Contributing Editor of The Paris Review and Editor and Correspondent of the journal’s online counterpart, The Paris Review Daily. Before joining the Review in May 2011, Stein was a fashion and arts editor at Jezebel.
COLIN DEMPSEY is an Irish singer-songwriter, writer, and storyteller based in New York. He is the singer and guitarist for the Indie-Rock band Supersmall. Their debut EP This Other World can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Spotify. Colin is also part of the Heavy Mental Neuroscience folk rock duo So We Are. Roseanne Cash described them as a kind of “post-modern Everly Brothers.” As a storyteller, Colin has performed on The Liar Show, Ask Me Stories, Real Characters,The Sharon Spell Show, and at The Gotham Storytelling Festival.


ANDY CHRISTIE's writing has been featured in the New York Times and in the Thomas Beller anthology Lost And Found: Stories From New York. He is a Moth GrandSlam Champion and has been featured on the Peabody Award–winning Moth Radio Hour, WFUV’s CityScape and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. His humor collection, I Wasn’t Kidding, was published in the U.S. and the U.K. by Random House. Consequently his work can be found on remainder shelves spanning two continents. He is creator and host of The Liar Show.

Next Show is on Wednesday, October 28th. It's About How Everything Is a Lie. This'll Be Good, Trust Me. You Can Count On Us. (See What I Did There?)


















"Pimples are the Lord's way of chastising you." -Carrie's mom

The How I Learned Series Presents:
HOW I LEARNED EVERYTHING IS A LIE!

Featuring:

ANNA DREZEN
(Writer / Comedian, Reductress; WBUR's You're The Expert)
LOUIS PEITZMAN
(Storyteller / Writer, AfterSmash; BuzzFeed)
DARIN PATTERSON
(Comedian / Podcaster, Comic Sans; Virgin Chronicles)
CYNDI FREEMAN
(Storyteller / Playwright, Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Hotsy Totsy Burlesque)
LESLIE GOSHKO
(Storyteller / Actor, Sideshow Goshko; Hairspray)

Hosted by:
BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
8PM Show (7:30 Doors)
UNION HALL
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
R to Union
B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic
F, G to 4th Avenue

$6 in Advance / $10 Day of the Show
ADVANCE TICKETS


ANNA DREZEN is an actor, comedian, and writer who has performed at Joe's Pub, the PIT, the Del Close Marathon, and the Out of Bounds and Women in Comedy Festivals. The hotel blog she co-writes, How May We Hate You?, is being developed as a book with Clarkson Potter and has been optioned for a pilot with Universal TV. Anna is the associate editor of Reductress, a fake women's magazine (Forbes, "100 Best Websites for Women"). Anna hosts Open Michelle at UCB and writes for The Livia Scott Sketch Program. She is a regular panelist on WBUR's You're The Expert.

LOUIS PEITZMAN is a Los Angeles based storyteller, writer, and a senior editor at BuzzFeed News, for which he occasionally makes those quizzes that annoy you on Facebook. He is the former co-host of Cheaper Than Therapy, which was featured at the 14th Annual SFSketchfest, and the current host of the AfterSmash podcast. He can also be heard on Earwolf podcast's episode "My Body is Magic." He's written about arts and culture for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Guardian, The Huffington Post, Gawker,TV.com, Blackbook Magazine, and the internet at large. 


DARIN PATTERSON is a stand-up comedian, writer and proud native New Yorker. He's performed in various comedy festivals including the Derby City Comedy Festival in Louisville, KY and most recently, the Boston Comedy Arts Festival in Cambridge, MA. He's the co-host/co-producer of Comic Sans, a monthly comedy show in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and he's also the co-host of the Virgin Chronicles podcast where comedians and storytellers share their "first time" stories. He lives in New Jersey with his lovely wife and he's an all-around swell guy.



CYNDI FREEMAN has been a storyteller for 20 years and is a NY Fringe Festival award-winning solo performer whose solo shows have been presented in Boston, Amsterdam, New York, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edmonton Fringe Festival. In 2015 she received a grant enabling a partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council to lead a program that teaches storytelling to seniors. She also teaches storytelling with The Moth Community Outreach Program and Kevin Allison's Story Studio. She is the co-producer of the shows Nefarious Laboratory Variety Show at Under St Marks and Hotsy Totsy Burlesque at the Slipper Room. A winner of a Grand Prize Playwriting Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, her other credits include The Colbert Report, HBO's Campus Comedy, and Showtime's Compromising Situations


LESLIE GOSHKO is the host and creator of the monthly storytelling series, Sideshow Goshko, which was hailed as a Time Out New York and New York Times "Critics' Pick", and also noted as “a well-programmed night” by the New York Times. She is a Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion and her stories have been featured on the Huffington Post, Sirius XM, WNYC, New York Metro “Funny Page" and more. She performed with the cast of Hairspray on Broadway, thanks to the support of many Internet voters, and her cabaret show, An Old-fashioned Piano Party with Leslie Goshko, takes place at Cornelia Street Cafe.