The How I Learned Series features writers, storytellers, comics, 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.



Monday, February 27, 2012

Never Forget

Monday, February 27th, 2012

I'm behind on everything as per uge. There is only one of me and I'm really short. But remember January? That was when How I Learned celebrated its 3 year anniversary with How I Learned I'll Never Do That Again Most Likely featuring some super talented... talent. I just wanted to give you a recap in case you weren't there (which is crazy)--and if you were there, please join me now in reliving some of the funtimes with photos by the fantastic photog Alex Crawford of The Style Blogger. It'll be like we're doing it all over again.



LIANNE STOKES (The Frisky) read an excerpt of a chapter from her forthcoming debut memoir titled Below Average: A Lifetime Way Under The Bar. One of my fave moments of her story--about being the unwelcome third member of an interoffice love triangle--was when she called out her co-worker for owing her money and his response was: "I'll take you to Blockheads for Mexican."

LAURA JAYNE MARTIN (McSweeney's) schooled us on the seedy underbelly of soft serve, having once taken a summer job as an ice cream truck driver for a boss man named--yes--Jim Jones. Jim Jones hated everyone, according to Laura, and considered his soft-serve clients "lowlifes." Naturally.

I bet you didn't know that one time, Soundtrack Series creator and host DANA ROSSI decided that taking a shit ton of Herbal Phen-Fen was a safe and easy way to lose weight and a plan that would definitely not land her in the emergency room with a massive kidney stone and the desperate need to rely on her theatre degree just to get someone in a lab coat to pay attention to her pain.

Also, you probably didn't know that TED TRAVELSTEAD (Vanity Fair),  contrary to his appearance,  is "not a person who gobbles hallucinogens on a regular basis," and has "lived a primarily fear-based life." But his friend Brian had some mushrooms in his freezer and what ensued may or may not have involved an endless nature hike of terror and a life-changing trip to--where else--The Mall.

You may recognize MIKE DOUGHTY from the 90's cult rock band Soul Coughing. Well, now, in addition to having a successful solo career, he's also an author. "If you notice, it says DRUGS real big on the cover. The reason I did that is because when I see a book with DRUGS real big on the cover, I buy it." Sauced or sober,  we love Mike Doughty. And you should totally buy the book.

So during the trivia/giveaway portion of the show the prizes included a gift certificate from Laura Jayne Martin, former soft-serve server, to The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (totally wanted that for myself), and a copy of the DVD Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice starring young Ted Travelstead. (Totally wanted that for myself also. Giving this stuff away is hard when you're greedy and get really excited about things.)

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice
That's it. That was the January show! To close out, here's (L to R) Mike Doughty, HIL alum LIAM MCENEANEY (Tell Your Friends!), Julie Wright, Ted Travelstead and Laura Jayne Martin. They had fun. Even Mike. That is his "fun" expression.
Thanks, as always, to the performers, to Happy Ending and to YOU for coming out to the show!
xo Blaise