The How I Learned Series

HOW I LEARNED features writers, storytellers, comedians, and other raconteurs holding forth on a rotating theme. It's been named one of "Five Best NYC Storytelling Series" by Time Out New York, and CBS New York calls it one of the "Best Comedy Shows Hosted by Funny Women." It should be added that they also said, "host Blaise Allysen Kearsley keeps it AWKWARDLY funny." The series has also been featured in the New York Times, the Observer, Electric Literature, Brooklyn Magazine, Tin House, Village Voice, The L Magazine, Splitsider, and elsewhere. Born on the Lower East Side in 2009, the show now takes place in Brooklyn every last Wednesday of the month, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you'll have the best night of your life on those nights, repeatedly.

Partial proceeds go to EMILY’S LIST to help elect more women

Host Blaise Allysen Kearsley

Blaise Allysen Kearsley is the creator, producer and host of the How I Learned series. She's also a Brooklyn based writer and storyteller who has performed all over New York and twice in New Orleans where they loved her because they drink a lot. Her writing has been published in VICE, The Weeklings, The Nervous Breakdown, two anthologies, and some other places which are perhaps not worth mentioning by name. One time, she was awarded a month-long writing fellowship in Vermont where she got electrocuted and maybe almost killed a horse. Visit her at your own risk at

Aparna Nancherla

Aparna Nancherla is by and large a comedian, or by and small rather. She has written for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Late Night with Seth Meyers. You may have caught her standup on Conan and the Comedy Central Half Hour, her face on Master of None and Crashing, and her voice on Bojack Horseman. She was recently named one of Rolling Stone's "50 Funniest People Right Now" and you can see her in 2018 on the upcoming show Corporate on Comedy Central and the new season of Netflix's The Standups.

Isaac Fitzgerald

ISAAC FITZGERALD has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He has written for The Bold Italic, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He is the co-founder of Pen & Ink, and editor of BuzzFeed Books.

Dan Kennedy

DAN KENNEDY is a writer and performer living in New York. He is author of three books: the novel “American Spirit”, and the memoirs “Loser Goes First” and “Rock On” (A Times of London Book of The Year, series rights bought by HBO). He is host of The Moth storytelling podcast, both a performer and host at live Moth events, and his work has appeared in GQ and McSweeney’s. His Stories have been featured on the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour and in numerous fiction anthologies.

Mellini Kantayya

Mellini Kantayya is an actor, writer, and humorist. She is the critically acclaimed author of Actor. Writer. Whatever. (essays on my rise to the top of the bottom of the entertainment industry). She has written for OkayPlayer and was a regular contributor to Huffington Post Comedy. Mellini’s most recent acting credits include The Defenders (Netflix) and The Night Of (HBO).

Alex English

Alex English has quickly become a very familiar face in the New York City comedy circuit. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, English moved to the big apple & immediately commanded the stages of local bars and comedy clubs across the city. He runs a weekly comedy show called "LoudMouth!" & in 2015, Complex Magazine listed him as one of "The Best Personalities to Follow on Twitter." He contributes writing for "Lady Parts Justice" & has been featured in the New York Post.

$8 advance / $10 day of

Tickets Available at the Door

**PLEASE NOTE: This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

*Individual performer appearances subject to change without notice.


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