Since 2009, How I Learned has featured some of the best live storytelling, comedy, and readings in New York City. It all happens a couple of times a year, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you'll have the best night of you life on those nights, repeatedly.

And They All Lived Happily Ever After

Monday, July 28th, 2009

Pleased to report it was another super fun night at Happy Ending last week. July's topic, How I Learned We Were Breaking Up, inspired delightful tales of cocaine binges, dead dogs, a reverse Cinderella story (and, um, Adam Sandler), not to mention an impressive hi-fi slideshow presentation with a pointer. You know how much I love visual aids. We also learned a lot about Jews and the people who love them.

Please enjoy a few photos with captions while I edit some videos from the evening and eventually get them up on our YouTube channel. "Wait. You have a YouTube Channel," a friend said to me recently. True story.

DAN ALLEN, comedian and co-producer/co-host of the monthly comedy show ¡SACAPUNTAS! is very funny and very tall. "I wasn't fully aware of my self-worth so I thanked god for anyone who put up with my Mr. Burnsian naked body. I really do look like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons when I'm naked. You can see my liver."

Handsome young MENACHEM KAISER, a writer and Huffington Post contributor, had an elaborate presentation illustrating an elaborate plan to get a gal to dump him. "I thought that I could sit down and say, 'we need to talk,' and that would be the breakup. I actually hadn't prepared anything past that line."

The lovely DIANA SPECHLER (, author of Who By Fire, had a thing or two to say about two boys and a binge. "Keith kept his golden-brown hair longish and wavy and tucked behind his ears. He had an angel face complete with peaceful blue eyes. I had once watched him inhale twelve nitrous balloons in a row as dispassionately as if he were eating Chex Mix."

Super cute LYNN HARRIS (, award-winning journalist, author, humor writer and Breakup Girl alter ego, shared several brief vignettes of bogus breakups. "#5) Larry, my college sweetheart/first love/boyfriend emeritus. I learned we were breaking up at his wedding. That's what it took. I got very drunk and went straight from there to play ice hockey with my hair still up in a french twist under my helmet. I got two penalties for roughing."

Thanks so much to everyone who came out last week. See you next month for what will hopefully be some of the most embarrassing stories in the history of embarrassing stories. August 26th is How I Learned to Laugh at Myself: Embarrassing Stories of Humiliation and Hilarity with Jon Friedman, Suzanne Guillette and more. Join us for fun and wincing, won't you?

xoxo Blaise

Photos by Bruno J. Navarro