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.

Next Show is on Wednesday, October 28th. It's About How Everything Is a Lie. This'll Be Good, Trust Me. You Can Count On Us. (See What I Did There?)

"Pimples are the Lord's way of chastising you." -Carrie's mom

The How I Learned Series Presents:


(Writer / Comedian, Reductress; WBUR's You're The Expert)
(Storyteller / Writer, AfterSmash; BuzzFeed)
(Comedian / Podcaster, Comic Sans; Virgin Chronicles)
(Storyteller / Playwright, Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Hotsy Totsy Burlesque)
(Storyteller / Actor, Sideshow Goshko; Hairspray)

Hosted by:

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
8PM Show (7:30 Doors)
702 Union Street, Brooklyn
R to Union
B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic
F, G to 4th Avenue

$6 in Advance / $10 Day of the Show

ANNA DREZEN is an actor, comedian, and writer who has performed at Joe's Pub, the PIT, the Del Close Marathon, and the Out of Bounds and Women in Comedy Festivals. The hotel blog she co-writes, How May We Hate You?, is being developed as a book with Clarkson Potter and has been optioned for a pilot with Universal TV. Anna is the associate editor of Reductress, a fake women's magazine (Forbes, "100 Best Websites for Women"). Anna hosts Open Michelle at UCB and writes for The Livia Scott Sketch Program. She is a regular panelist on WBUR's You're The Expert.

LOUIS PEITZMAN is a Los Angeles based storyteller, writer, and a senior editor at BuzzFeed News, for which he occasionally makes those quizzes that annoy you on Facebook. He is the former co-host of Cheaper Than Therapy, which was featured at the 14th Annual SFSketchfest, and the current host of the AfterSmash podcast. He can also be heard on Earwolf podcast's episode "My Body is Magic." He's written about arts and culture for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Guardian, The Huffington Post, Gawker,, Blackbook Magazine, and the internet at large. 

DARIN PATTERSON is a stand-up comedian, writer and proud native New Yorker. He's performed in various comedy festivals including the Derby City Comedy Festival in Louisville, KY and most recently, the Boston Comedy Arts Festival in Cambridge, MA. He's the co-host/co-producer of Comic Sans, a monthly comedy show in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and he's also the co-host of the Virgin Chronicles podcast where comedians and storytellers share their "first time" stories. He lives in New Jersey with his lovely wife and he's an all-around swell guy.

CYNDI FREEMAN has been a storyteller for 20 years and is a NY Fringe Festival award-winning solo performer whose solo shows have been presented in Boston, Amsterdam, New York, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edmonton Fringe Festival. In 2015 she received a grant enabling a partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council to lead a program that teaches storytelling to seniors. She also teaches storytelling with The Moth Community Outreach Program and Kevin Allison's Story Studio. She is the co-producer of the shows Nefarious Laboratory Variety Show at Under St Marks and Hotsy Totsy Burlesque at the Slipper Room. A winner of a Grand Prize Playwriting Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, her other credits include The Colbert Report, HBO's Campus Comedy, and Showtime's Compromising Situations

LESLIE GOSHKO is the host and creator of the monthly storytelling series, Sideshow Goshko, which was hailed as a Time Out New York and New York Times "Critics' Pick", and also noted as “a well-programmed night” by the New York Times. She is a Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion and her stories have been featured on the Huffington Post, Sirius XM, WNYC, New York Metro “Funny Page" and more. She performed with the cast of Hairspray on Broadway, thanks to the support of many Internet voters, and her cabaret show, An Old-fashioned Piano Party with Leslie Goshko, takes place at Cornelia Street Cafe.