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.


Monday, April 30th, 2012

Dear Everyone Who Is Reading This Right Now:

Personally, one of the things I learned last week was that if you're at a bar and you're hot and sweaty and you're pretty sure you smell, pour some vodka on a paper towel and wipe your pits with it. Thanks, Bob at Happy Ending! Also, don't even bother going into the bathroom to do it. Do it right there out in the open before the start of the show that you're hosting. Nobody expects you to maintain proper decorum at all times just because you are the creator, producer, curator, host, and also founder of your own show. Lighten up. Here are some pictures:

How I Learned It's a Living! 
Stories From the Unemployed, the Underemployed + The Working Stiffs

COURTNEY MAUM (Electric Literature) on what she had to do this one time to get a work VISA in Paris and embodying the spirit of Corona, and also how "this one time" turned into three years. Time is weird like that.

TYLER COATES (Blackbook) on his "first big-boy job in Chicago as the assistant to a Very Important Scientist (self-proclaimed) who was one of the worst humans in the world." Very Important Scientist will heretofore be known as VIS.

Hey, there's the majorly adorable HIL alum SARAH KELLY!

BEN LILLIE (The Story Collider), a high-energy particle physicist, on grappling with the realization that maybe his work could possibly destroy the entire world.

GREG OLEAR (The Nervous Breakdown) on writing dummy test questions for Kaplan test-prep company and celebrity sightings versus celebrity meetings, and also how to avoid John Lithgow. (But we loved you in The World According to Garp and Footloose, Mr. Lithgow, if you're reading this!) 

KEVIN ALLISON (The State) on his attempt to be a hustler. A gay prostitute. And the seven laws of successful whoring according to Kevin's roommate.

Cute, cute, and cute.


What else can I say? This show was so much fun. It's probably one of my all-time faves. At one point I think I even said, "I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH I JUST WANT TO SCREAM." And I was screaming. It must have been the drinks.

Thank you guys, so much, for coming to this show, and for coming to all the other shows you've been to, and for coming to every single show from now until the end of times.

Love + Gratitude,

P.S. Don't forget! In two weeks! The special Brooklyn installment of How I Learned at Union Hall! Tickets are ON SALE!