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.



ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH, YOU CAN LAUGH AT US ALL YOU WANT BECAUSE WE'RE OVER IT NOW















It's already time for another How I Learned spectacle-spectacular. I know, I can't even believe it either. 

The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED IT WAS FUNNY IN RETROSPECT


Featuring:
JESSE OXFELD
(Journalist; New York Observer; New York Magazine)
SAM GRITTNER
(Comedian/ Writer, Let Me Finish)
GABRIELLE MOSS
(Writer, Slate, GQ, Bustle)
GEORGE GORDON
(Comedian, New York Underground Festival)
ANITA FLORES
(Writer / Host, Questionable Drawings)

Hosted By:
BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH, 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:`
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GABRIELLE MOSS's writing has appeared in Slate, GQ, The Hairpin, The Toast, Bitch, and other places. She is an editor at Bustle. She is suspicious of both nature and human kindness, which is why she lives in New York City. 



JESSE OXFELD was a journalist for a long time, at places including New York Magazine and Gawker, plus he spent five years as the New York Observer's theater critic. Now he's an ad copywriter. There is less at-work drinking than he was led to expect.


GEORGE PEYTON GORDON III (yes, that's his real name) is a comedian who you can see doing stand-up almost every night in New York City, then argue with him about things like which is the better Weezer album—Pinkertonor Blue (definitely Pinkerton)—or why Alien is better than Aliens (because it just is). He has been in the New York Underground Festival, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, OR., and The Out of Bounds Festival in Austin. 

SAM GRITTNER is a writer and stand-up comedian who has performed at UCB, The Creek & The Cave, and on Tinder LIVE, and elsewhere. He is the co-host of Let Me Finish and the creator of @TonightOnGirls.



ANITA FLORES has written for Paste, Laughspin, Portable TV, Nerve, and currently works for Above Average. She has a web series called Questionable Drawings where she interviews comedians and animates their responses. You should watch it. Follow her on Twitter @anitajewtina for updates on pizza and Chelsea Grammer's career.

WEDNESDAY AT UNION HALL! IT'S ALL HAPPENING!


This week, we've got Sex, Death and Money's Anna Sale, Josh Gondelman of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Blaria LIVE's Phoebe Robinson, The Moth's Micaela Blei, and Anthony DeVito of RISK! You think you've got the winter blues now? Wait and see what happens if you miss this show. I AM NOT EVEN JOKING. Tickets On Sale Now!

The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM



Featuring:
ANNA SALE
(Journalist / Host, Death, Sex & Money)
JOSH GONDELMAN
(Comedian / Producer, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
MICAELA BLEI
(Educator /Storyteller, The Moth GrandSLAM)
PHOEBE ROBINSON
(Writer / Comedian, Blaria LIVE!)
ANTHONY DEVITO
(Actor /Comedian, Comedy Central)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 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



ANNA SALE is a veteran media reporter and the host and managing editor of Death, Sex & Money, a biweekly interview podcast on WNYC in which Anna gets celebrities and regular folks to open up about the three touchiest subjects. She is a frequent fill-in host for The Brian Lehrer Show and The Leonard Lopate Show, and has contributed to This American Life, Studio 360,Slate, BBC, MSNBC, and PBS Newshour

JOSH GONDELMAN is a writer and comedian, as well as a producer at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. His writing has appeared in Esquire, New York Magazine, and McSweeney's and he's the co-creator of @SeinfeldToday, named one of Paste Magazine's must-follows. He has written for Funny Or Die's Billy On The Street and has performed standup at Rooftop Comedy, The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and SF Sketchfest.

PHOEBE ROBINSON is a standup comedian, a writer for Fuse's White Guy Talk Show, and creator of the Blaria podcast, webseries, and live show with The Daily Show's Jessica Williams. Phoebe has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Broad City, Last Comic Standing, HuffPoLive, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. As a writer, she has contributed to Glamour, xoJane, the New York Times, Bitch, and Vanity Fair.

MICAELA BLEI is a storyteller, Education Program Manager for The Moth, and co-creator of The Moth High School StorySLAM Program. She is a Moth GrandSLAM champion and The Daily Dish called her "hilarious and heartrending" which was pretty exciting because she'd never had a press quote before and isn't sure where else she'd use it except in this bio. 

ANTHONY DEVITO is a SAG-AFTRA actor, a comedian, a storyteller, and a native New Yorker who appears in the TV pilot for the storytelling podcast RISK! and stars in the independent film A Box Comes to Brooklyn, which he co-wrote, and the award-winning indie feature, The Apostles of Park Slope. His other appearances include Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me, Conan, Best Week Ever, A&E, VH1, Discovery Channel, and Comedy Central.


Here's the event on Facebook.

—Posted February 24th, 2015

DAVID CARR, ICONIC JOURNALIST, SURVIVOR, CHARMING CURMUDGEON, A REALLY GOOD DUDE




















David Carr passed away suddenly today, after collapsing in his office at the New York Times. When I read The Night of The Gun, I asked David Carr if he'd be on How I Learned. 

He emailed back saying, "Happy to do! Happy to say yes now and will hate it with the force of 10k suns when I go up." He also added, "That book actually sucks. You've been warned. xo." 

He did the show and, of course, he nailed it. Thank you, and rest in peace, sir. You will be sorely missed. 

(David Carr, 1956 - 2015)

P.S. If you've never read David's memoir, The Night of The Gun, do yourself a favor.

–Posted February 13th, 2015

NEXT: HOW I LEARNED THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM, WEDNESDAY 2/25 2015 8PM


Hot on the heels of HIL's 6-year anniversary show... Well, I don't want to brag because it's rude, but February's installment features pretty much the best lineup ever in the history of lining things up for a storytelling/comedy/reading series that I produce. Also, February's the shortest month of the year. I'm going to see you so soon! —xo Blaise

The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM



Featuring:
ANNA SALE
(Journalist; Host, Death, Sex & Money)
JOSH GONDELMAN
(Comedian; Producer, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
MICAELA BLEI
(Educator; Storyteller, The Moth GrandSLAM)
PHOEBE ROBINSON
(Writer; Comedian, Blaria LIVE!)
ANTHONY DEVITO
(Actor; Comedian, Comedy Central)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 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



ANNA SALE is a veteran media reporter and the host and managing editor of Death, Sex & Money, a biweekly interview podcast on WNYC in which Anna gets celebrities and regular folks to open up about the three touchiest subjects. She is a frequent fill-in host for The Brian Lehrer Show and The Leonard Lopate Show, and has contributed to This American Life, Studio 360,Slate, BBC, MSNBC, and PBS Newshour

JOSH GONDELMAN is a writer and comedian, as well as a producer at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. His writing has appeared in Esquire, New York Magazine, and McSweeney's and he's the co-creator of @SeinfeldToday, named one of Paste Magazine's must-follows. He has written for Funny Or Die's Billy On The Street and has performed standup at Rooftop Comedy, The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and SF Sketchfest.

PHOEBE ROBINSON is a standup comedian, a writer for Fuse's White Guy Talk Show, and creator of the Blaria podcast, webseries, and live show with The Daily Show's Jessica Williams. Phoebe has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Broad City, Last Comic Standing, HuffPoLive, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. As a writer, she has contributed to Glamour, xoJane, the New York Times, Bitch, and Vanity Fair.
MICAELA BLEI is a storyteller, Education Program Manager for The Moth, and co-creator of The Moth High School StorySLAM Program. She is a Moth GrandSLAM champion and The Daily Dish called her "hilarious and heartrending" which was pretty exciting because she'd never had a press quote before and isn't sure where else she'd use it except in this bio. 

ANTHONY DEVITO is a SAG-AFTRA actor, a comedian, a storyteller, and a native New Yorker who appears in the TV pilot for the storytelling podcast RISK! and stars in the independent film A Box Comes to Brooklyn, which he co-wrote, and the award-winning indie feature, The Apostles of Park Slope. His other appearances include Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me, Conan, Best Week Ever, A&E, VH1, Discovery Channel, and Comedy Central.


Here's the event on Facebook.

Posted February 2nd, 2015

A Mountainous Thank You To You (That Means You)



A MOUNTAINOUS THANK YOU to every person who came to the 6-year anni show on Wednesday and infinity toasts to Joel Kim Booster, Adam Wilson, Alex Gallafent, Jen Snow, and Cammi Climaco, who were all hilarious and smart and open and very, very foxy. So much love to everyone who has come out to the shows and supported How I Learned for six years (what??!!) and all the performers who've made the series what it is. Thank you to everyone at Union Hall. And thank you to TAYLOR NEGRON for being there too. I love you and miss you. Tell John Hughes I said hi. —In gratitude, Blaise

Posted January 30th, 2015

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