Since 2009, The How I Learned Series has featured writers, storytellers, comedians, 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.



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Acting Our Shoe Size

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Hi. I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend. I did some spring cleaning and also I unwittingly got ditched by a friend I was meeting at the movie theatre, and then I inadvertently sneaked in to the movie. I sat by myself through the whole first half of "MIB3" (horrible--did not even care to see it in the first place, except I do enjoy that Josh Brolin) before I realized my friend wasn't even there. Please don't ask me to expound. It's complicated. I can only explain so much. 

What I really want to do is give you an update on the Union Hall show that happened a few weeks ago, or whenever it was: Guys, it was awesome. It was How I Learned to Be a Grown-Up (Allegedly). As one of the Broad City gals said (can't remember which one), the show featured "a spectrum of emotions." 

Photos by Alex Crawford

"Everybody knows you become an adult by getting older and taller."


Comedian Doug Moe (Doug Moe is a Bad Dad) had to get up on stage after I told a story about a creepy guy named... Doug. But Doug Moe is not creepy. He is very funny and very smart and very lovable, and he is whatever the opposite of creepy is. He's creepy in reverse.


The lovely author/performer Jillian Lauren (Some Girls) told us about the difference between being a ballerina and being a teenage stripper, which is directly related to how she grew up enough to be able to forgive her birth mother. 



Here's me talking about how to be a Lady and shit;  something I obviously know very little about.



Real Characters' Andy Ross inspired laughs and broke hearts with his story about his father--a small town lawyer who made an astonishing difference in so many people's lives.


The Chris Gethard Show's Chris Gethard's hilarious and touching story revolved around radioactivity in Jersey, adventurous boys looking for haunted shit, and Big Jerry, the unforgettable fireman next door. 



Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the broads from Broad City presented a short film they wrote and starred in called The Roommates that illustrated entering into New York adulthood when you're casually dating and having weird sex with weirder strangers in a "how did the night go that way" kind of way. Yeah. Been there.

And that's it. Thanks to everyone who came out. Thanks to the performers. Thanks to Union Hall. Thanks to everyone, everywhere, forever, amen. Don't forget to come see the show on June 27th at Happy Ending -- How I Learned It's Complicated -- with Dave Hill, Susan Piver, and other wonderful performers, plus the premiere of the How I Learned Grab Bag -- no joke. Stay tuned for details.