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


Photo: Jon Boulier

How I Learned is super carefully curated, but open to submissions. 

How I Learned is interested in true stories with an element of humor. Stories are read from the page or told straight up or a combination thereof. In keeping with the series' concept, stories should explicitly convey something learned while staying true to the specific topic. Stories are presented by writers, comics, bloggers, actors, storytellers, and other performers and raconteurs. Stories may or may not include an audio/visual element.

1. Attend a show if you haven't already.

2. Email with SUBMISSION as the subject line and include info about  any performing you've done.

3. Pitch specific stories, by sending a full summary with beginning, middle, and end. Please do not send entire stories. In lieu of a summary or in addition, you can send a link to a performance (video or audio). 

OK, that's it. Thanks for your interest and support!

Expect Minimum Sexiness

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Photo courtesy of Show and Tell
Hello! Blaise here. This Monday, 11/22,  I'll be in the inaugural SHOW AND TELL show with How I Learned alumni COLLEEN KANE and ADAM WADE. The theme is Sex Ed and there will be lots of visuals. I think you all know by now how I feel about visuals. (Also, it's featured in this week's Time Out NY.) Do come! Especially if all you're doing is sitting around waiting for the return of HIL in January, which is understandable.

Monday, Union Hall, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 7:30pm, $5. DETAILS...

Paper Airplane Love Note

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Photo: Jon Boulier
THANK YOU to everyone who came to last week's How I Learned to Believe, and to all of you who've supported the How I Learned series this year! GUYS, I BELIEVE IN YOU!

If you would like to relive some of last Wednesday's glory, or if you missed it altogether, you can listen to TOM SHILLUE's hilarious bit about spiritual belief vs. THE GREATEST COINCIDENCE EVER right here. You can also hear, fortunately for all of us, the lovely and amazing ROSIE SCHAAP's "Bar Car Prophesy" here on This American Life (see ACT TWO). Meanwhile, pick up a copy of The Devil, The Lovers & Me, by the gorgeous KIMBERLEE AUERBACH, which you can then read on the subway on your way to LIAM MCENEANEY's wildly successful show Tell Your Friends! where one of this week's guests happens to be Tom Shillue. Aaaaand we come full circle.

I hope to see you at the next super exciting How I Learned birthday 2011 kick-off spectacular on JANUARY 26th. Save the date. Pen it in. There will be great stories. There will be musical guests. There may also be party hats.

Stay tuned right here for details and other stuff. Keep in touch. And see you soon!

xoxo Blaise