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.



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
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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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JUST 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
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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

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. 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

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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
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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.


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—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.


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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