Since 2009, The How I Learned Series has featured writers, storytellers, comedians, and other raconteurs holding forth on lessons learned, unlearned, relearned or in progress. The How I Learned Series happens once a month, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you will have the best night of your life on those nights, repeatedly.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TWO NEW PODCAST EPISODES BECAUSE I LOVE YOU TWO TIMES MORE THAN WHAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE


Hi. Look! I made two new podcast episodes for you to listen to while you're waiting for the next show to blow your mind on September 30th

As always, you can listen to podcasts episodes on this site, or subscribe to the podcast for FREE on iTunes. How many things are free these days? Not many things. Hugs. Hugs are generally free, depending.


AARON WOLFE
"It All Started at Hampshire College"
How I Learned To Break All The Rules
Happy Ending Lounge, NYC, 2013
Music: "School's Out" – Alice Cooper
www.aaron-wolfe.com





HILLARY REA
"So He Was in This Ska Band..."
How I Learned The Language of Love
Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY, 2013Music: "Don't Stop Skankin'" – Reel Big Fish
www.hillaryrea.com

Hey, thanks for listening!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

SEPTEMBER 30TH: "HOW I LEARNED ON MY SUMMER VACATION" WITH THESE DYNAMOS AT UNION HALL!


















Join us on the last day of September while I host this show in full denial that summer's over. I'm serious, you guys; I might wear a bikini top and jorts. We're gonna get to Walley World if it kills us. 

The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED ON MY SUMMER VACATION


Featuring:
AMANDA MELSON
(Humor Writer / Last Comic Standing)
ALEX EDELMAN
(Comedian / Writer, The Atlantic)
ELISA ALBERT
(Author, The Book of Dahlia; How This Night is Different)
ADAM WADE
(The Moth Radio Hour; NPR's "This American Life")
TIM MANLEY
(Storyteller / Author, Fairytales for Twenty-Somethings)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2014
8:00PM / Doors at 7:30
UNION HALL
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
(Between 5th and 6th Aves)

R to Union / F to 4th + 9th
Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic

$6 in advance / $10 at the door
BUY ADVANCE TICKETS

AMANDA MELSON is a comedian and writer who wrote for the late Greg Giraldo and has contributed to "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live. She competed in Last Comic Standing and performs comedy in many of New York City's finest basements. She once got sent to the principal for excessive eye rolling. Still a problem.

ALEX EDELMAN went to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his debut show, Millennial, and walked away with the coveted Best Newcomer Award in comedy. He's considered one of New York's promising "one to watch" comedians. Alex has performed in Spain, France, and Israel where he founded The Comedy Basement and he's been featured on NPR with Brian LehrerHe started acting, writing, and doing standup when he was fifteen. He's still super-young. (Photo Credit: Idil Sukan idilweb)

ELISA ALBERT is the author of The Book of Dahlia, How This Night is Different, and editor of the anthology, Freud's Blind Spot. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Salon, Time Magazine, The Rumpus, Tablet, The Los Angeles Review of Books, on NPR, and in several anthologies.

 
ADAM WADE is a 20-time Moth champion. He's been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and NPR's "All Things Considered." He's appeared on RISK!, Hot Tub, and Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, among many other live shows. His monthly solo show, The Adam Wade From New Hampshire Show, has been featured in Time Out New York and the New York Times. He gave a talk at TEDx PennQuarter on reinventing storytelling, and he most recently appeared in an episode of Inside Amy Schumer.

TIM MANLEY is the author and illustrator of Fairy Tales For Twenty-Somethings. He has won The Moth StorySLAM, taught high school English at New York City's School of the Future, served as a mentor with the PEN American Center's Prison Writing Program, and officiated eight weddings.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MUSIC FROM THE HOW I LEARNED SERIES

If you were at the "How I Learned To Make a Mixtape" show tonight, thanks for coming! If you won a "Music From The How I Learned Series" CD, well, I really hope it works. I run a very professional show. Track listing is below. Fuck it, anyone can just replicate this on Spotify. Who makes mix CDs anymore anyways? But we had fun, didn't we?

1. White Mice - Mo-Dettes
2. I Get Lifted - George McCrae
3. Do It Clean - Echo and The Bunnymen
4. Transmission - Hot Chip
5. Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
6. Love Plus One - Haircut 100
7. Monkey Man - Rolling Stones
8. Uptown Ranking - Althea and Donna
9. Dog Eat Dog - Adam and The Ants
10. Pretty In Pink - Psychedelic Furs
11. Disparate Youth - Santigold
12. Science Friction - XTC
13. Little Bitch - The Specials
14. Age of Consent - New Order
15. Jeepster - T. Rex
16. Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
17. Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie and The Banshees
18. Let's Go Surfing - The Drums
19. Happy Ending - The Strokes
20. Float On - Modest Mouse
21. Kiss Me, I'm Drunk - Valley Lodge

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEVER BE AFRAID TO TAKE THE SUBWAY ONE STOP

Hello, hi! Here are photos from last month's sold out show, How I Learned To Live in New York.

If you missed out on tickets, get it the hell together! $6 tickets for August 27th's How I Learned To Make a Mixtape are ON SALE NOW

All photos by the wonderfully loyal and supportive and talented Jesse Chan-Norris. If you want to see us all in action, check this out.

Sasheer Zamata, Saturday Night Live; Inside Amy Schumer

Blaise Allysen Kearsley, Host

Bob Powers, McSweeney's; Esquire

James Bewley, Dale Radio

Choire Sicha, Co-Founder, The Awl; Author, A Very Recent History...

Maris Kreizman, Slaughterhouse 90210 
Sasheer Zamata, Saturday Night Live; Inside Amy Schumer

She won free stuff.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PODCAST EPISODE OF THE MONTH: KATHERINE LANPHER

Katherine Lanpher - "The Anniversary Party"
From: How I Learned's 4-Year Anniversary Show

Music: "Thirteen" by Big Star


MIKE DOUGHTY, BETH LISICK, SCOTT ROGOWSKY + MORE ON MIXTAPES AND MUSIC AND OTHER STUFF


















Did you miss out on last month's sold out show? You can totally come to this one if you get your act together! Join us for stories about mixtapes, music idols, first concerts, popping cherries to Hot 97... I don't know, I'm just making shit up. It's gonna be great.

The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED TO MAKE A MIXTAPE


Featuring:

MIKE DOUGHTY
(Musician / Author, The Book of Drugs)
 
SCOTT ROGOWSKY
(Comedian / Host, Running Late With Scott Rogowsky)
 
BETH LISICK
(Performer / Author, Everybody Into The Pool)
 
CASSIE J. SNEIDER
(Author, Fine Fine Music / Host, Kings of Karaoke )
 
LAURETTA CHARLTON
(Writer, Complex; The Awl; Billboard)


Hosted By:
 
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27TH, 2014
8:00PM / Doors at 7:30
UNION HALL
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
(Between 5th and 6th Aves)
 
R to Union
F, G to 4th + 9th
B, Q to 7th Ave
2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic
$6 in advance / $10 at the door   
BUY ADVANCE TICKETS

MIKE DOUGHTY contains multitudes: Singer. Songwriter. Poet. Author. Playwright. Photographer. Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982. He's released five solo albums, some EPs, and a memoir about that time he was in a band called Soul Coughing and he didn't like it and took a lot of drugs. He most recently released an album of covers wherein he played songs by John Denver, Cheap Trick, and Stephen Sondheim.

CASSIE J. SNEIDER is the host of Kings of Karaoke, the author and illustrator of the life-changingly hilarious book, Fine Fine Music, and a walking encyclopedia of music lyrics. She's toured with Sister Spit and frequently does merch for The Dwarves.


BETH LISICK is a writer, performer, and author of four books, including Everybody Into The Pool. Her storytelling has been featured on This American Life and at Lollapalooza and South By Southwest. She co-founded the Porchlight Storytelling Series in San Francisco, and is currently collaborating with writer/comedian Tara Jespen on the web series Rods and Cones, premiering September 8th on Wifey.com. In the '90s, Beth fronted the band The Beth Lisick Ordeal.

SCOTT ROGOWSKY is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, and the host of Running Late With Scott Rogowsky, a live talk show that's featured Steve Buscemi, Sam Lipsyte, Sasheer Zamata, and countless other performers, writers, and artists. Scott has also contributed to The Onion News Network on IFC and Comedy Central.

http://twitter.com/laurettalandLAURETTA CHARLTON is an Associate Editor at Complex Magazine. She is a former music editor at Foam Magazine and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Stereogum, Billboard, BET, and The Awl. She lives in Brooklyn and spends a lot of time thinking about the perfect playlist.

Monday, July 7, 2014

SNL'S SASHEER ZAMATA ON JULY 30TH WITH MARIS KREIZMAN, CHOIRE SICHA + MORE!


















Start spreading the news, I can't even deal. This is going to be the best night of our lives.

The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED TO LIVE IN NEW YORK


Featuring:
SASHEER ZAMATA
(Actress / Comedian, Saturday Night Live)
CHOIRE SICHA
(Author, Very Recent History / Co-founder, The Awl)
MARIS KREIZMAN
(Writer / Creator, Slaughterhouse 90210)
BOB POWERS
(Writer, Esquire; The Portlandia Activity Book)
JAMES BEWLEY
(Storyteller / Host, Dale Radio)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30TH, 2014
8:00PM / Doors at 7:30
UNION HALL
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
(Between 5th and 6th Aves)

R to Union / F to 4th + 9th
Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic

$6 in advance / $10 at the door
BUY ADVANCE TICKETS



SASHEER ZAMATA is an actress, writer, and comedian. She is the fifth black female cast member on Saturday Night Live, and the first since Maya Rudolph's departure in 2006. Sasheer has performed regularly with The Upright Citizens Brigade and has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and Totally Biased with Kamau W. Bell. She has a web series called Pursuit of Sexiness. Follow her on Twitter: @thesheertruth.

CHOIRE SICHA is the author of Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City (HarperCollins, 2013) as well as the co-proprietor of The Awl. A two-time editor of Gawker, he has written for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as well as a suspiciously large number of magazines exactly one time. He lives in Brooklyn.

MARIS KREIZMAN is the creator of Slaughterhouse 90210, a blog that celebrates the intersection of her two great loves—literature and TV. Slaughterhouse 90210: The Book will be published by Flatiron Books in 2015. A former book editor, Maris cannot get enough of critiquing her own work.


BOB POWERS is the editor of Happy Place, the humor and web culture blog from Someecards. He is the author of Happy Cruelty Day! and You Are A Miserable Excuse For A Hero. His writing has appeared in Esquire, McSweeneys, The New Yorker, and the recent The Portlandia Activity Book.

JAMES BEWLEY is a co-creator and voice talent for the award-winning web animations, Strindberg and Helium, and he is the mastermind behind the performance/podcast project, Dale Radio. His recent appearances as a storyteller and writer include Tom Shillue's Funny Story, The Soundtrack Series, Literary Death Match, Punch Up Your Life, and Dead Darlings. By day, James is Senior Program Officer at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York.