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.



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 - "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.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SNL'S SASHEER ZAMATA AT HOW I LEARNED

This multi-talented lady has joined the lineup for July 30th's "How I Learned to Live in New York" at Union Hall. Super excited, obviously. She is like, a big deal on Saturday Night Live because Lorne Michaels wised up and cast her as the fifth black female regular on SNL and the first since Maya Rudolph left the show six years ago, but you already knew that. Also, Sasheer's writing has appeared on the Hairpin, Jezebel, Vulture, the New York Times, and many other places.

She'll be slinging a New York story along with authors Choire Sicha, Maris Kreizman, and Bob Powers, and storyteller James Bewley (aka Dale Seever) for How I Learned. This show is probably gonna be off the hook, I'd say. I mean, you see the lineup, right? Save the MF'ing date! More details shortly...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FEELING FEELINGS TOMORROW AT UNION HALL







Here's a nice feature about tomorrow night's therapy theme, How I Learned's move to Brooklyn, and an interview with storyteller Selena Coppock. Don't miss this show. There will be booze and tissues. If you want to get $6 ADVANCE TIX (it's $10 at the door), you totally can!

Monday, June 9, 2014

ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25TH, 8PM: HOW I LEARNED THERE MIGHT BE SOME ISSUES


We're coming to Union Hall and we've got extra baggage this time. Bring your own benzos.

Oh, and hey! I'm happy to report that we'll be at Union Hall for the rest of 2014 and potentially thereafter. No more vagabonding around until, well, hopefully never. Brooklyn's adopted us! It's great because I already live there. 


















The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED THERE MIGHT BE SOME ISSUES: 

STORIES ABOUT THERAPY! (Vol. 2)

Featuring:
MIKE ALBO
(Writer / Performer, The Junket)
BRIDEY ELLIOTT
(Comedian / Actress, Fort Tilden)
SELENA COPPOCK
(Storyteller / Author, New Rules for Blondes)
STEVE HEISLER
(Comedy Writer / Journalist, Rolling Stone)
ROBIN GELFENBEIN
(Comedy Writer / Performer, My Salvation Has a First Name)

Hosted By:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25TH, 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


MIKE ALBO is the author of the novels Hornito and The Underminer (co-written with Virginia Heffernan), and the novella, The Junket. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications including New York Magazine, GQ, Out, The New Yorker and the New York Times. As a solo artist, he’s performed all over the US, Canada and in Europe; his shows include Spray, Please Everything Burst, My Price Pointand most recently, an Off-Broadway production of The Junketdirected by David Schweizer. 

BRIDEY ELLIOTT is an actress and comedian in NYC. She performs stand up all over town and performs sketch at  the UCB theater with the Maude team, Absolutely. She has appeared on MTV and the Late Show With David Letterman. She stars in the film, Fort Tilden which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW this year. 

SELENA COPPOCK is the author of the essay collection, The New Rules for Blondes. Her writing has also been featured in McSweeney's, xoJane, Huffington Post, The Frisky, and other publications, and she has told live stories at The Moth, RISK!, and elsewhere.



STEVE HEISLER is a New York-based comedy journalist who has written forRolling Stone, The AV Club, Variety, Fast Company and New York Magazine. He is also a die-hard comedy nerd who's worked for the Just For Laughs festival and is more than a little obsessed with that one scene in The Room where Denny jumps into the bed.

ROBIN GELFENBEIN is a storyteller and comedy writer. She appeared onVH1's Awesomely Badder Videos and AMC's Liza Life Coach with former SNL regular Cheri Oteri. She performed her solo show, My Salvation Has a First Name, at the New York International Fringe Festival to critical acclaim. Currently, she is the host of the Yum's The Word storytelling series, and is working on a memoir based on her one-woman show.


Here's the event on The Facebook.