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.

DELIVERY! Wednesday, May 25th at Union Hall

Here's what's up. You'll love it. Plus, special co-host Cammi Climaco keeping Blaise in line and upright.

And here's the event on Facebook if you want to show the world that you are "interested" and "going." XO

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Look How Excited They Are About Doing This Gig!

The next show is Wednesday, April 27th at Union Hall. The theme is "How I Learned The Struggle Is Real!"

It really is. Just look at their faces.

We Already Can't Believe How Good This Is Going To Be

More info plus advance tickets with your name on them. Or your name will be on them once you buy the tickets in advance. Facebook event coming soon. Nobody panic.

All Your Dreams Are Coming True

This Wednesday's show is being sponsored by Carvel Ice Cream. Come get your Cookie Puss, Cookie Pusses! Also, Fudgie The Whale. Also, Union Hall Drink Specials and stories that will make you laugh, cry, and also make you feel better about yourself at our expense, probably. It's going to be bananas foster.

Get tickets and save room for dessert:  How I Learned To Eat Cake: Stories About Birthdays Featuring Cathy Erway, Drew Prochaska, Anita Flores, Rachael Parenta + Julie Threlkeld

Posted: February 23, 2016

Erin Carr On Her Dad, David Carr, One Year Later

The daughter of one of my favorite journalists and the author of The Night of The Gun, one of my favorite memoirs, has penned something about her dad that may or may not have made me sob uncontrollably for a few minutes because PARENT ISSUES. 

The late David Carr was a guest on How I Learned when the show was just 8 months old and still at the-now-some-sort-of-awful-restaurant-but-with-the-same-name lounge, Happy Ending. When we emailed back and forth about about it, and I told him I was, at the time, devouring The Night of The Gun, he wrote back "That book sucks. You've been warned." About the show, he said, "I'm happy to say yes now and will hate it with the force of 10k suns right before I go up." 

He wrote a story for the theme "How I Learned What Everyone Else Already Knew." Naturally, it was funny and smart and he was charming. He exited with an Irish goodbye so I emailed him the next day to thank him and also make sure the force of 10k suns hadn't driven him out of the crowded red lit bar into the dark night on the edge of Chinatown. I asked if he enjoyed it after all. "I did. It was a pleasure to read for your folk. xo d"

Thanks, David. And thank you, Erin, for sharing your dad with us.


Posted: February 12, 2016

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