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.



On August 26th We Might Have Just What You Need




















The How I Learned Series Presents:
HOW I LEARNED YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT

Featuring:
DAVE HILL
(Host, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show)
MIRA JACOB
(Author, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing)
ABBI CRUTCHFIELD
(Host, People Now)
NATE CHARLES TROISI
(Storyteller, The Moth)
GABE PACHECO
(Comedian, Funhouse)

Hosted by:
BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY

Wednesday, August 26th, 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
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MIRA JACOB is the author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Vogue, the Telegraph, and innumerable other places. She is co-founder of the beloved Pete’s Reading Series, which she curated for 13 years on the city’s sweetest stage. She was named Emerging Novelist Honoree at Hudson Valley Writer’s Center and received a commendation from the U.S. Congress.


DAVE HILL is a comedian, writer, musician—and host of WFMU's The Goddamned Dave Hill Show—whose debut comedy album, Let Me Turn You On, is out now on A Special Thing records. His book, Tasteful Nudes ...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation (St. Martin's Press, 2012), was optioned for a series by Comedy Central. He's written for the Times, GQ, McSweeney's, The Believer, and Salon. He wrote Last Week Tonight with John Oliver's theme song, performed by his band Valley Lodge, and he's a frequent contributor to This American Life.


ABBI CRUTCHFIELD is a comedian and the host of People Now. She has been featured on MTV, VH1, CollegeHumor and in national commercials. She is a contributor to Someecards, and her jokes are listed among the "Best Tweets of the Year" by Huffington Post Comedy. She is a UCB alum and produces the popular stand-up hour The Living Room Show weekly in Brooklyn.  


NATE CHARLES TROISI is an award-winning storyteller and solo performer originally based in Melbourne, Australia and now based in NYC. A playwright and a filmmaker, he was also part of the Australian sketch group Middle Brow, and released an album as 50% of Australian hip-hop group Arty Bucco. He has performed multiple times for the The Moth, and he's currently working on his next solo show, Take Care, which will premiere in New Orleans, and then travel over the pacific back towards his Mother country.



GABE PACHECO is a Brooklyn based comedian and the host of the weekly show Funhouse at Passenger Bar. He likes hip-hop, horror movies, animals being animals, cults, and self-help gurus.
Photo: Mindy Tucker 



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COMING UP ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH AT UNION HALL... GET YER YA-YA'S OUT!



















Come hear stories about bars, shows, meeting up, closing down, getting kicked out, the end of things, the last person at the party, the pursuit of fun, going somewhere and then going somewhere else, and whatever other amazing stuff we come up with that may or may not be loosely connected to the theme. We're professionals and we know what we're doing.

The How I Learned Series Presents:
HOW I LEARNED YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO HOME 

BUT YOU CAN'T STAY HERE

Featuring:

OPHIRA EISENBERG
(Host, NPR's Ask Me Another / Author, Screw Everyone)
ISAAC OLIVER

(Author, Intimacy Idiot / Performer, An Evening with Isaac Oliver at Joe's Pub)
NANCY BALBIRER
(Author, Take Your Shirt Off and Cry / Co-creator, Cause Celeb!)
KATE GREATHEAD
(Writer, The New Yorker / Storyteller, The Moth Radio Hour)
LYNN BIXENSPAN
(Storyteller, RISK! / Host, Relationshit)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29TH, 2015
8:00PM / Doors at 7:30
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

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



OPHIRA EISENBERG is the host of NPR's Ask Me Another. She tours as a host and storyteller with The Moth, and was selected as one of New York Magazine's "Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny." The New York Times called her a skilled comedian and storyteller with a "bleakly stylish" sense of humor. Ophira has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, The Today Show, VH-1 and more. Her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, was recently optioned by Zucker Productions for a feature film.


ISAAC OLIVER is an award-winning writer and performer, and the author of Intimacy Idiot (2015, Scribner), his debut story collection based on the live show of the same name. New York magazine calls Isaac "a monstrous new talent" and Kirkus called his essays "wickedly funny and surprisingly moving." Isaac recently appeared at Joe's Pub in An Evening with Isaac Oliver. He is a wine, cheese, and hairy chest enthusiast.  


NANCY BALBIRER is an actress, playwright, performance artist, and author, best known for her memoir Take Your Shirt Off and Cry (Bloomsbury), and for her solo show, I Slept with Jack Kerouac and Other Stories. She has also written for Slate and was the co-creator of the cult reading series, Cause Celeb! She appears regularly in New York's alternative cabaret scene.  


KATE GREATHEAD is a writer, a seven-time Moth Slam champion, and a four-time How I Learned performer. Her writing has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, the New York Times, on NPR's Moth Story Hour, and elsewhere. She was one of the subjects of Michael Apted's Up Series in America.



LYNN BIXENSPAN is really nice! Also, she's done a lot of stuff. She hosts and produces the storytelling show Relationshit. She's been on MTV, Comedy Central, and the Biography Channel. She's also written for FUSE and was nominated for an Emerging Comics of New York award. You might have heard her on RISK! or seen her telling stories and doing stand-up, but you might not have. You should, though! She probably wants to be friends. 



Note: Max Silvestri is unable to appear as originally scheduled. If you haven't met Isaac Oliver, you're in for a real treat. If you have, you are so excited right now.

Updated July 22nd, 2015

ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24TH, COME HANG WITH SNL'S SASHEER ZAMATA, PEN & INK'S ISAAC FITZGERALD + DREW GRANT & MORE!




















Hello! If you like stories, comedy, depth, books, booze, and sometimes people, this is going to be the greatest night of your entire life.

The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED I'LL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN ...MOST LIKELY

Featuring:

SASHEER ZAMATA
(SNL; Inside Amy Schumer)
ISAAC FITZGERALD
(Pen & Ink; BuzzFeed Books)
DREW GRANT
(NY Observer's tvDownload; The Toast)
BRIAN KENNEDY
(The MothThe Soundtrack Series)
DAN WILBUR
(How Not To Read; Better Book Titles)

Hosted By:
BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24TH, 2015
8:00PM / Doors at 7:30
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


$6 in advance / $10 at the door
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EVENT ON FACEBOOK

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SASHEER ZAMATA is a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and the first since Maya Rudolph's exit in 2006. She performs 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


ISAAC FITZGERALD has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He has written for The Bold Italic, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He is the co-founder of Pen & Ink, and editor of BuzzFeed Books.


DREW GRANT is a senior editor and founder of The Observer's tvDownload. She majored in graphic novels and quote-unquote transitional media at Oberlin College, where she taught classes on Twin Peaks, took zero math classes, and surprised even her own inflated sense of potential by making a career out of her completely ridiculous interests. 


BRIAN KENNEDY is a writer and storyteller who has appeared on podcasts and stages all over New York City, including with The Moth and The Soundtrack Series. He is working on is first YA novel, and writes often for the Huffington Post and wrote and performed a bunch of plays for the MN Fringe Festival. He grew up in Minnesota and still has the accent to prove it.


DAN WILBUR is a comedian and writer who only eats fast food on weekends and occasionally exercises by accident. (police, fire). He has read nearly half of all the books he owns. His writing is featured on CollegeHumor.com, McSweeney's, and the Onion News Network. Dan is the creator and editor of Better Book Titles. His first humor book, How Not to Read, is available now from Perigree (Penguin).

Posted June 1st, 2015

SNL'S SASHEER ZAMATA IS BACK ON HOW I LEARNED WITH MORE SUPER SMART, HOT PEOPLE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24TH AT 8PM, join SASHEER ZAMATA (SNL; Inside Amy Schumer) joins ISAAC FITZGERALD of Pen & Ink and DREW GRANT, Senior Editor of the New York Observer's tvDownloadBRIAN KENNEDY (The MothThe Soundtrack Series), and DAN WILBUR (How Not To Read; Better Book Titles), at the next How I Learned, hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley.

The theme is How I Learned I'll Never Do That Again... Most Likely. Pretty good, right? Stay tuned for more details and save the date, y'all. ADVANCE TIX ON SALE NOW!

Posted May 28th, 2015

PUT ON YOUR PARTY PANTS AND BRING A #2 PENCIL

This is gonna be just like detention, but at night and with beer and cocktails and no one to tell us what to do. So not really that much like detention, I guess.



The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED TO MAKE THE GRADE: STORIES ABOUT SCHOOL


Featuring:
SARA BENINCASA
(Comedian / Author, Agorafabulous; MTV)
DAVID CRABB
(Storyteller / Writer, The Moth; Bad Kid)
JEFFREY JOSEPH
(Actor / Comedian, The Tonight Show; Comedy as a Second Language)
JILLIAN LAUREN
(Storyteller / Author, Everything You Ever Wanted)
SANDI MARX
(Storyteller, RISK!)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27TH, 2015
8:00PM / Doors at 7:30
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

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

To Learn More:`
www.HowILearnedSeries.com

SARA BENINCASA is an award-winning comedian and author of the books Great and Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom from William Morrow (a division of HarperCollins), a book based on her critically acclaimed solo show. Her comedy has won praise from the Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Guardian, Wired, Flavorpill, Marie Claire, The Independent, and The New York Times. Sara’s television appearances include NBC's Today Show, CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, MTV News, and Brian Lehrer Live, among others. She was a citizen journalist for the 2008 MTV Choose or Lose Street Team, part of MTV’s 2008 Emmy Award-winning Think campaign. 

JEFFREY JOSEPH is an actor, writer and comedic performer living in New York City. He has acted in film and television for more than twenty years. Originally trained at Juilliard and NYU Theatre programs as a stage actor, Jeffrey has acted in plays in NYC and Los Angeles. He has also performed live standup thousands of times in venues around the world -- including dozens of performances on national TV. He volunteers his time as a tutor, teaches playwriting to New York City public high school students throughout the five boroughs and on Rikers Island.

DAVID CRABB is a performer, writer, teacher & storyteller. He is a Moth Story Slam host and three-time Moth Slam winner. His solo show BAD KID was met with critical acclaim and named a New York Times Critics' Pick. A memoir based on the show will be released in 2015 by Harper Perennial. The Wall Street Journal praised him as a performer capable of guiding a crowd "from belly laughs to pin-drop silence." David is the co-creator/producer of the live storytelling series ASK ME, and he has been a member of Axis Company Theatre since 2003. 


SANDI MARX is a former talent agent who has won four Moth story slams and can be heard performing for the RISK! podcast, as well as David Crabb's latest podcast for Audible, Stories in Session. She has been featured on I'm from Driftwood at Videology, The Liar Show at Cornelia Street Cafe, and Six Word Memoirs at the 92nd Street Y with Piper Kerman. Sandi is married with three grown kids, none of whom are immune to her stories.

JILLIAN LAUREN is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoirs Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, the novel Pretty, and Everything You Ever Wanted. She has written for the The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle and Salon, among others. She tells live stories, often with The Moth, and appeared on Howard Stern. She lives in LA with her husband, Scott Shriner, bass player for Weezer, and their son, Tariku, who they adopted from Ethiopia in 2009. They’ve slept a total of seven hours since.

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SMILE ALL THE TIME, LAUGH AT EVERY JOKE
















Whatever gets you through the night, you guys. Am I right? 

The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED TO FIGHT LONELINESS


Featuring:
SUE SMITH
(Comedian, Tits & Giggles / Writer, Brokelyn)

AMY SHEARN
(Author, How Far Is The Ocean From Here / Host, Lit at Lark)
PETER AGUERO
(Storyteller, Daddy Issues / Host, The Moth)
GREG OLEAR
(Author, Totally Killer; Founding Editor, The Weeklings)
MARK SAM ROSENTHAL
(Storyteller / Writer, Comedy Central)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29TH, 2015
8:00PM / Doors at 7:30
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

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

To Learn More:`
www.HowILearnedSeries.com

SUE SMITH has appeared on Best Week Ever and I Love The 2000s. She is one of the 10 funniest women in NYC according to Time Out New York. She has performed and studied at UCB since 2007. She is the host of Tits & Giggles, a podcast for women in comedy. She teaches at New York Film Academy. Her writing has appeared in xoJane, Brokelyn, VICE, and other places less hipstery. She loves snacks.

GREG OLEAR is the author of the novels Totally Killer and Fathermucker, and the founding editor of The Weeklings.




AMY SHEARN is the curator and host of Lit at Lark and the author of two novels, The Mermaid of Brooklyn and How Far Is The Ocean From HereHer writing has been published in Jane Magazine, West Branch, Salt Hill, Opium, Lyric, 3rd Bed, Poets & Writers, Passages North, and the Found Magazine anthology, Requiem For a Paper Bag. 


PETER AGUERO was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey and now lives in Queens. He is a Moth GrandSlam champion, host of Moth StorySlams, and an instructor for the MothShop Community Program. He has performed his critically-acclaimed one man show, Daddy Issues, at The Bell House, First Person Arts Festival, and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.


MARK SAM ROSENTHAL has been called "one of the greatest comedic storytellers in New York" (Time Out New York). He is also a staff writer, producer, and director for Comedy Central. His acclaimed solos shows include Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire, and I Light Up My Life: The Mark Sam Rosenthal Celebrity Autobiography. He can currently be seen onstage in the long running movie parody Point Break LIVE!

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THANK YOU, YOU GUYS LOOKED GREAT

Thanks to all y'all who came out to see us at the show on Wednesday. You were a great crowd and very good looking. 

Super-thanks to George Gordon, Jesse Oxfeld, Gaby Moss, Anita Flores, and Sam Grittner for being awesome and also good looking. 

The next show is Wednesday April 29th. The theme? How I Learned To Fight Loneliness. It's gonna be a doozy.... Details to follow.

Posted March 27th, 2015