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.



Goodnight, Taylor


I'm heartbroken that my brilliant friend and How I Learned alum – an actor, comedian, writer, director, painter, and self-described "That Guy" – Taylor Negron, passed away on Saturday. On the upside, he's trending. He'd find that hilarious.

How I Learned's anniversary show on Wednesday, January 28th at 8PM at Union Hall will open its 6th season with not only five great storytellers – Adam Wilson, Alex Gallafent, Jen Snow, Joel Kim Booster, and Cammi Climaco – but also a fittingly funny and heartful tribute to Taylor. Advance tickets ($6) are on sale now.

So save the date. And as Taylor wrote recently, "Find the people you care for and let them know." xo Blaise

P.S. Here's the event on Facebook.

Posted January 12th, 2015

HOW I LEARNED'S SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW! Plus A Tribute To Taylor Negron, January 28th, 2015

















How I Learned celebrates six years of awkward funtimes with five dynamite raconteurs telling true, personal stories. The theme? Anything related to birthdays and anniversaries... in any way. Like, even if it's just a minor detail and doesn't actually have that much to do with the story. Fuck the rules. We're six now and we're out of control. Come join us. Let's kick 2014 in the dick. Plus, we'll honor our late, great friend, Taylor Negron. Also, there will be some party favors and stuff like that, probably.


THE HOW I LEARNED SERIES
SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW!

Featuring:
ADAM WILSON
(Author, Flatscreen; What's Important Is Feeling)
JOEL KIM BOOSTER
(Playwright / Comedian, Paper Magazine's "10 Comics You Need To Know"; RISK!)
JEN SNOW
(Writer, VH1's Best Week Ever;  Artforum)
ALEX GALLAFENT
(Actor / Journalist, PRI's The World, TED.com)
CAMMI CLIMACO
(Writer / Storyteller, Splitsider; Ask Me Stories)

PLUS a Special Tribute To:
TAYLOR NEGRON (1957 - 2015)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 2015
8:00PM / Doors at 7:30PM
UNION HALL
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
(Between 5th and 6th Aves)

R to Union St
B, Q to 7th Ave
F, G, R to 4th Ave - 9th St
2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza
B, D, N, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic / Barclays
$6 in advance / $10 at the door
BUY ADVANCE TICKETS



ADAM WILSON is the author of What's Important is Feeling (Harper Perennial, 2014) and Flatscreen (Harper Perennial, 2012), which was named an Indie Next Pick and an Amazon Book of The Month. He was recently included in Brooklyn Magazine's list of 50 Funniest People in Brooklyn.


CAMMI CLIMACO  is a visual artist, comedian, and storyteller who has performed on RISK! The Moth, The Story Collider, The Soundtrack Series, The BTK Band, and many other shows. Her work has been shown internationally and she is an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute of Art. She is also the co-host and co-producer of Ask Me Stories with David Crabb.

ALEX GALLAFENT is a designer at IDEO New York. He's also a contributing correspondent for public radio's The World and the BBC World Service, and a contributing writer at TED.com. Alex trained in classical acting at LAMDA. He's performed and taught Shakespeare, composed music for plays in London's West End, and appeared in sketch comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. His ongoing project, The Jonesonian Institution, is an online and onstage museum housing an archive of invented history.

JOEL KIM BOOSTER is a Chicago bred, Brooklyn based comedian and writer who was named one of Paper Magazine's "10 Comics you Need To Know." He has been featured on Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and RISK!, along with numerous other comedy and storytelling shows around the city. His writing can be found all over the web at places like The Toast, Reductress, and Decider.

JEN SNOW is Director of Media and PR for Russ & Daughters. Previously, she worked as a Director of PR for 826NYC and The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., as an art critic, as a photographer, in an office at the Whitney Museum, and at the front desk of MOMA. She made shiva platters for Law & Order: SVU and for the film This is Where I Leave You. She played herself in the movie Lola Versus and on Louie. She writes the blog Things I Do Not Understand And Definitely Am Not Going To Talk About.

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TAYLOR NEGRON most recently wrote essays for xoJane, and appeared on How I Learned, The Moth, and at TEDx. His acting credits include Reno 911Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Aristocrats, Easy Money, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Better Off Dead, Punchline, and The Last Boy Scout. He was a founding member of L.A.'s seminal alt-comedy show Uncabaret. Taylor died on January 10th, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. 

Updated January 12th, 2015
Posted January 6th, 2015

PODCAST EPISODE OF THE MONTH, JANUARY 2015: ISAAC OLIVER - "THE HOCKEY PLAYER" (EXPLICIT)



We love Isaac Oliver. Writer, playwright, performer, husband of Chris Pine, and now first-time-author and one of The Advocate's People to Watch in 2015. Congrats, Mr. Oliver.

We were fortunate enough that he introduced himself to us back in I can't remember what year because of my advanced age, and we've literally been unable to get enough of him ever since. 

He's gallantly performed under the How I Learned hot lights three times now and he's hysterical. He has made several audiences feel tingly in weird places. To wit:

ISAAC OLIVER - "THE HOCKEY PLAYER" (Explicit)
From: "How I Learned It's Complicated"

Listen in iTunes or on HowILearnedSeries.com
Music: "Only In My Dreams" - Ariel's Pink Haunted Graffiti

Posted January 6th, 2015

NEW PODCAST EPISODE: JOE VEIX!


Hi. Just a note about the How I Learned podcast, WHICH, as you may know, you can subscribe to for FREE on iTunes and even download all the eps you want, also for free. (That's how that works!) If you've enjoyed the shows and the podcast, here's a cool thing you can do. When you open up your iTunes, click on 'Ratings and Reviews' at the top and, if would be so kind, just click on some stars and say that you like it. Easy. It helps keep the podcast going and makes it seem hashtag important. Don't make me do Kickstarter. Thank you for the love and the stars!

On to the latest episode!

If JOE VEIX is your friend, he is likely the most good looking friend you have. Like, you can't even believe it. As a precaution, his face had to be shielded in this photo for those of you who are not friends with him, lest it spark a cross-internets rage of female, male, and non-gender specific hormones and jealousy. (Photo courtesy Joe Veix)

Joe is a humor writer and has contributed to The New Yorker, The Awl, Death and Taxes, McSweeney's, and more. This was his first time under the How I Learned hot lights. It was also his first time telling a true, personal story to nearly 100 people, many of whom were sitting on the sticky floor, in a dark lounge on the Lower East Side. MILESTONES!

He's also the mad genius behind the recent New York Times front page parody, which went viral and delivered some spot-on levity to recent (and ongoing) injustices that made us sort of feel like America is broken. IT IS!

Anyway. Here's Joe, recorded live at How I Learned To Lie, Cheat or Steal at Happy Ending Lounge in 2013. The music is "Day After Day" by Badfinger.


Listen / Subscribe: iTunes 


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Posted December 1st, 2014

HELLO, SUDDENLY DECEMBER

We had another hott turnout at Union Hall last month. So much fun. You guys are the best and I'm really a very lucky girl. Thank you to all the performers and supporters and media people and showtime partygoers, past and present, for another great year. 

See you back at Union Hall in January with bells and long balls* on. (That's a reference to a story from the November show. Hate saying you had to be there, but.) 

XO Blaise

Posted December 1st, 2014

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH: REAL TALK!














Listen, it's not you. It's me.
JK it's totally you.


So don't miss this. It's on a Thursday. After this, we won't see each other until January because I'm taking December off because I'm old and don't get around like I used to. Let's have all the fun! xo Blaise

The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU (OR MAYBE IT'S ME)


Featuring:
TARA CLANCY
(Storyteller / Writer, The Paris Review; Moth Mainstage)
JEN DOLL
(Author, Save The Date)
ANDY ROSS
(Writer / Storyteller, Onion News Network; Host, Real Characters)
LUKAS KAISER
(Humor Writer / Producer, Spike TV; John Waters' This Filthy World)
MICHELLE ONUFRAK
(Storyteller, The Shame Game)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 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


To Learn More:
www.howilearnedseries.com
www.twitter.com/HILSeries

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TARA CLANCY's stories have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times MagazineThe Rumpus, and The Paris Review Daily. She is a Moth GrandSlam winner, a regular storyteller on the Moth Mainstage, and on the Moth Radio Hour on NPR. She is at work on a memoir.



ANDY ROSS has contributed pieces to The Onion News Network, Comedy Central's Indecision Forever blog, and MAD Magazine. He wrote and performed his one man show, Melancomedy, at the Peoples Improv Theater in NYC and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. As a storyteller, Andy has performed at shows all over the city including TOLD, The Liar Show, Stripped Stories, and The Moth. He runs a monthly humor series called Real Characters at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo.


JEN DOLL is the author of Save The Date (Riverhead, 2014). Her writing has been published by the New York Times Book Review, Elle, The Hairpin, Mental Floss, New York Magazine, Vice, and other publications. She has been Senior Editor at The Atlantic Wire, Staff Writer at the Village Voice and Managing Editor at Radar. Once, a boss passed out in front of her after eating too many carrots. He shall remain nameless.

LUKAS KAISER is a Senior Writer/Producer at Spike TV. He's been a featured writer for comedy sites College Humor, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The National Lampoon and served as the Director of Original Content for the popular men's comedy website Double Viking for over two years. Lukas has also written comedy and advertisements for Comedy Central, BBH and Mindshare World. He's also served as an associate producer for several TV shows and films, including Chappelle's Show and the John Waters film This Filthy World.

MICHELLE ONUFRAK is a New York based actress specializing in improv, storytelling, and voice over. She has told stories at theMoth StorySlam, The Shame Game, and elsewhere.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH: WE'LL DISCUSS WHERE IT ALL WENT WRONG WHILE WE DRINK OUR FEELINGS


















Hey guys! This show is on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH. Not Thursday. Not Wednesday. Not any of the other days except for TUESDAY. Mercury is in retrograde. We have to be very careful.UPDATE: Jen Snow, who was originally scheduled to appear, unfortunately had to cancel due to illness. BUT! We are happy to have master storyteller Jim O'Grady step in. He's a multiple-time Moth GrandSlam champion and a reporter for WNYC radio. So, there you go.
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The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED IT WAS A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME
Featuring:
CHRISTIAN FINNEGAN
(Comedian, Chapelle's Show; VH1's Best Week Ever)
JIM O'GRADY
(Storyteller / Reporter, The Moth, WNYC)
DOOGIE HORNER
(Writer, 100 Ghosts; The Believer; Wired)
AMBER DREA
(Essayist / Storyteller, McSweeney's; Another Round)
MEG FERRILL
(Comedian / Storyteller, Mortified; The Moth)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 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

To Learn More:
www.twitter.com/HILSeries
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Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/696358793787285

CHRISTIAN FINNEGAN is a comedian who is perhaps best known as one of the original panelists on VH1's Best Week Ever and for his appearance onChapelle's Show. Christian has appeared regularly on Comedy Central Presents and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, as well as ConanThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The Today Show. His latest comedy special, The Fun Part, is available now on Netflix.

DOOGIE HORNER is the author of 100 Ghosts and Everything Explained Through Flowcharts. He has contributed to Wired, McSweeney's, the Believer, the London Times, and other publications. He achieved national attention when a video of him taming a hostile crowd on America's Got Talentbecame a viral sensation. He has also designed numerous book covers including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

AMBER DREA is a storyteller, fiction writer, editor, and essayist whose work has been published by McSweeney's, The Chicago Reader, The 2nd Hand, The Northville Review, and elsewhere. She's been featured on many storytelling shows and podcasts, and is the host of the storytelling seriesAnother Round.
MEG FERRILL is a comedian and storyteller who was selected to perform atThe Chicago Women's Festival, Ladies of Laughter, New Guns of Comedy, UCB's Stand-Up Smackdown, Mortified, and Amateur Night at The Apollo. Meg is a two-time Moth StorySLAM champion and was cast in Morgan Spurlock's year long online documentary series, Failure Club, featuring seven people pursuing lifelong dreams and conquering the fear of failure.
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1. Toss your name in the hat for a chance to tell a 5-minute "how I learned..." story.


2. Get friendly, constructive feedback from a rotating panel of seasoned coaches who may or may not be liquored up at any given time during the show. No scores.
3. At night's end, someone will be crowned "Best in Show" and receive fabulous prizes. (Probably just verbal accolades and a bag of chocolates from Duane Reade. Maybe Rite-Aid.) 


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014, 
6PM

As Part of The 
Third Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival
Under St. Mark's Theater
94 St, Mark's Place, NYC



HOST:

Brad Lawrence


JUNE'S COACHES:

Erin Barker
(Co-producer and host, The Story Collider)
Cyndi Freeman
(Co-producer and performer, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque)
Cammi Climaco
(Co-Producer and Host, Ask Me Stories)


PRODUCER:

Blaise Allysen Kearsley


PODCAST EPISODE OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER 2014


Dave Hill - "The Gyro Story"
From: "How I Learned It's Complicated"

Music: "Boys Don't Cry" - The Cure

Hey, you can do a cool thing if you want to do it and if you like the show. When you listen to the podcast in iTunes, go to RATINGS AND REVIEWS and click on some stars and write that you like us. You know what? You don't even have to write anything! You can just do the stars part! Easy. It helps us out and keeps the podcast growing. 

In gratitude for all of eternity, 
Blaise


RIP, SUMMER

Thanks to everyone who came out to Tuesday 9/30's "How I Learned on My Summer Vacation." It was a good time and a great audience. I here tell that some folks came late to the show. By "late" I mean that they showed up the next day. How I Learned is almost always on Wednesdays except for when it isn't. The next show, on October 28th, will also be on a Tuesday and not a Wednesday. November's show is on a Thursday, the 20th, and we're off in December. But don't panic, Wednesday lovers (of which I am one). We will be on the last Wednesday of every month starting in January 2015.

I guess the takeaway here is never give up on your dreams.

SO. Save the Date! Tuesday, October 28th: "How I Learned It was a Good Idea at the Time" with Christian Finnegan (who you recognize from everywhere), writers Jen Snow, and Doogie Horner (yep), and more! Advance tickets are already on sale. 

xo Blaise

ON SEPTEMBER 30TH BRING YOUR FLOATIES!



















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

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.