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.




"A celebrated series."
- The New York Times

"Hostess Blaise Allysen Kearsley makes sure to keep it awkwardly funny."

- CBS New York

"Hip and energetic."
- Time Out New York Critics' Pick

"The night proves that, with time and liquor, some of the most painful lessons make the best stories." 

- Electric Literature's The Outlet

"It's the Berlitz of bad behavior."
- Emdashes

"Each [show I went to] was a packed, standing room only crowd that would be lit on fire as the show progressed... Storytellers are permitted to read--if that's how their material is served best--which means it also draws a lot of brilliant writers."
- Ophira Eisenberg, Chelsea Now

"Basically The Moth meets A&E Biography, but live, and featuring NYC microcelebrities.
-NBC New York

"Quasi-social events where literature meets comedy meets performance."

-Brooklyn News Service

"The Getting of Wisdom is a more or less eternal narrative structure, hence this series, at which writers and comedians hold forth on aspects of their respective bildungen."
-The L Magazine

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How I Learned has also been named a Critics' Pick in three separate Time Out sections: 
Own This City, Books and Comedy.

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2013

Brokelyn: 'The LES' Loss is Brooklyn's Gain'

Time Out New York: 'Say Goodbye to Happy Ending with Special Guests'

The Lo-Down: 'Saying Farewell to Happy Ending'

Used New York City: 'Who's Saying What at the Happy Ending Lounge'

2012
How I Learned is named one of the Best Reading Series of 2012 by Time Out New York

How I Learned is named 1 of  5 Best Storytelling Series in NYC by Time Out New York: Comedy. And we're in great company.


How I Learned is named one of the best things to do on a date in Time Out New York's summer dating issue.


How I Learned gets a lovely shout out from author, essayist and HIL alum Chloe Caldwell on Book Stalker.


How I Learned is mentioned on Critical Mob in the Critical Reads column, the Comedy Relief Edition, in a blurb about writer and HIL alum Courtney Maum.

How I Learned gets a nod from The New York Freakin' Times.


2011
The many merits of How I Learned are explained for Tin House in "Six Ways Reading Series Can Improve Your Writing" by HIL alum Courtney Maum.

"How I Learned To Say I'm Sorry," featuring Elissa Schappell, appears on the front page of Time Out's Books section online. (Right)

Electric Literature's The Outlet covered the April 2011's installment "How I Learned It's Not Me It's You (Or Maybe It's Me)."

CBS New York listed How I Learned as one of the Five Best Things To Do

How I Learned appeared in the "Notable New York" column on The Rumpus.


How I Learned is featured in two separate articles on The Ticker: "How I Learned... live series takes off!" and "How she learned from her 'mis-education.'"

2010
Time Out interviews featured How I Learned guests, including Julie Klausner and Stefan Merrill Block, about the topic "How I Learned What Life is Like."


Flavorpill cites How I Learned as a get-there-early-it-fills-up-fast kind of series.

How I Learned goes to New Orleans for a two-night stand, and gets featured in Best of New Orleans.


2009
How I Learned shows up on the front page of The L Magazine online. (Left)

How I Learned is featured on the front page of Time Out's Own This City blog with a post about learning to live in New York for, what else, the "How I Learned to Live in New York" show.











Other favorable mentions:
Best New York Comedy
BookVibe
Broadway World
Flavorpill
G.L.O.C. (Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy)
Galleycat
Gothamist
The Lo-Down
Media Bistro
New York Magazine
New York Observer
New York Press
New York Times' Urban Eye
Nonsense NYC
Park Slope Stoop
The Rundown
The Skint
The Village Voice