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.
















How I Learned is on hiatus for a bit. Nobody panic.

Stay tuned for news... I'm on Twitter, @blaiseallysen and @HILSeries, and @howilearnedseries on Instagram. There's also all that Facebook group and page stuff (I know, overkill), and there's always the podcast, which is pretty great and it may or may not even boast new episodes soonish. Who can say?

The point is: I love you, and I can't wait to see your face again, and thank you for coming out to all the freaking shows.

Love + Gratitude,
Blaise

DELIVERY! Wednesday, May 25th at Union Hall

















Here's what's up. You'll love it. Plus, special co-host Cammi Climaco keeping Blaise in line and upright.

And here's the event on Facebook if you want to show the world that you are "interested" and "going." XO

Tickets / Full Details


Look How Excited They Are About Doing This Gig!

















The next show is Wednesday, April 27th at Union Hall. The theme is "How I Learned The Struggle Is Real!"

It really is. Just look at their faces.



We Already Can't Believe How Good This Is Going To Be



















More info plus advance tickets with your name on them. Or your name will be on them once you buy the tickets in advance. Facebook event coming soon. Nobody panic.

All Your Dreams Are Coming True

This Wednesday's show is being sponsored by Carvel Ice Cream. Come get your Cookie Puss, Cookie Pusses! Also, Fudgie The Whale. Also, Union Hall Drink Specials and stories that will make you laugh, cry, and also make you feel better about yourself at our expense, probably. It's going to be bananas foster.

Get tickets and save room for dessert:  How I Learned To Eat Cake: Stories About Birthdays Featuring Cathy Erway, Drew Prochaska, Anita Flores, Rachael Parenta + Julie Threlkeld

Posted: February 23, 2016

Erin Carr On Her Dad, David Carr, One Year Later

















The daughter of one of my favorite journalists and the author of The Night of The Gun, one of my favorite memoirs, has penned something about her dad that may or may not have made me sob uncontrollably for a few minutes because PARENT ISSUES. 

The late David Carr was a guest on How I Learned when the show was just 8 months old and still at the-now-some-sort-of-awful-restaurant-but-with-the-same-name lounge, Happy Ending. When we emailed back and forth about about it, and I told him I was, at the time, devouring The Night of The Gun, he wrote back "That book sucks. You've been warned." About the show, he said, "I'm happy to say yes now and will hate it with the force of 10k suns right before I go up." 

He wrote a story for the theme "How I Learned What Everyone Else Already Knew." Naturally, it was funny and smart and he was charming. He exited with an Irish goodbye so I emailed him the next day to thank him and also make sure the force of 10k suns hadn't driven him out of the crowded red lit bar into the dark night on the edge of Chinatown. I asked if he enjoyed it after all. "I did. It was a pleasure to read for your folk. xo d"

Thanks, David. And thank you, Erin, for sharing your dad with us.

—Blaise

Posted: February 12, 2016