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.




"Hostess Blaise Allysen Kearsley makes sure to keep it awkwardly funny."
- CBS New York

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

"If you've never been, it's the best and you should go."
- Midnight Breakfast

"A celebrated series."
The New York Times

"Best show ever."
- Joe Veix, Death and Taxes

"The night proves that, with time and liquor, some of the most painful lessons make the best stories." 
- Electric Literature's The Outlet

"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, NPR's Ask Me Another

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

"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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Named 1 of  5 Best Storytelling Series in NYC by Time Out New York: Comedy. And we're in great company.


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.


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.'"

Time Out interviews featured How I Learned guests, including Julie Klausner and Stefan Merrill Block: '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 sold out two-night stand, and gets featured in Best of New Orleans.


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:
The Awl
Bedford + Bowery
Best New York Comedy
BookVibe
Broadway World
Brooklyn Vegan
Flavorpill
Flavorwire
F*cked in Park Slope
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