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 Ann Jillian as Cassie

Sunday, April, 23rd, 2012

Soooooo excited for this week's show, How I learned It's a Living! Stories From the Unemployed, the Underemployed, and the Working Stiffs (a Time Out NY critic's pick in both the Books and Comedy sections this month!). You will see and hear and witness a lineup with folks representing The State, BlackBook, Adult Swim, The Story Collider, The Weeklings, Electric Literature, and more. Whoa. How could a FREE show be this good?! It's crazy. I should be charging $25 at the door, plus a 12 drink minimum.

This week's intrepid raconteurs include:

Kevin Allison -- super man and storytelling genius -- who just received this lovely review of the Risk! podcast. So happy to finally have him at How I Learned on Wednesday! And the next live Risk show in NYC is happening on April 26th at the PIT so that means you can have Kevin Allison in your life for two solid nights in a row if you want to. And who wouldn't?

Meanwhile, Tyler Coates recently penned this great piece on gay comics, which also features HIL alum Eliot Glazer: Will The Gay Comics Please Stand Up? 
This generation of comics did not grow up with gay role models within their industry... But they’re attempting to forge alternative narratives of what it means to be gay, and are essentially becoming role models themselves. 
Courtney Maum was a recent featured lecturer at Mad River Arts Literary Festival, and just published another Tin House article on being a conference junkie, which she totally is, god bless her...

And Greg Olear just launched The Weeklings, a blog which you are going to want to keep an eye if you aren't doing so already. Plus, it features weekly posts from HIL alums Elissa Schappell and Diana Spechler! Both of those ladies!

Finally, did you know that Ben Lillie has launched a magazine over at The Story Collider? It's true. It's here. And you can submit your stories to it. Also, The next Story Collider show is on May 22nd at The Bell House in Brooklyn so save the date.

How is that for a lineup? I think it's real good. We're all going to do a kick line, among other classic moves and combinations, to the "It's a Living" theme song. Just wait until you see the choreography I've worked out.

Can't wait to see you this week, y'all.

xoxo Blaise