How I Learned There's No Business Like Show Business

The How I Learned Series Presents:

How I Learned There's No Business Like Show Business

Julian Fleisher, Akilah Hughes, Adam Wade, Alex Mar, Jason Diamond, Host Blaise Allysen Kearsley

Wed, March 30, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Hall - Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

$6 Advance / $10 Day of Show

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

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

The How I Learned Series
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.
Julian Fleisher
Julian Fleisher
Julian Fleisher is a genuine multi-hyphenate, the kind of restless creative spirit that people used to call a Renaissance Man. “I think that term went out with EST and HR Puffenstuff,” he offers. “So, I’m not certain it’s the word I would use, but…” But if the shoe fits.

Singer-songwriter-bandleader-producer-actor-former-writer, though? Isn’t that a bit much? “Yes,” he replies. “So I usually just go with whatever’s on the front burner at the moment. The trouble is I have the curiosity of stubborn alley cat and I get bored pretty fast. I’m rarely content just to enjoy something. Enjoying a thing means I have to try that thing. And trying it means banging away until I’ve done it — and done it well enough that it’s not embarrassing.” Which, he admits, can take years. “I’ve got time, though,” he muses. “And, New York is nothing if not lousy with new things to try.”
Akilah Hughes
Akilah Hughes
Akilah Hughes is a writer, stand-up comedian and YouTuber residing in Brooklyn. Her work has been viewed millions of times on Refinery29, Huffpo, HelloGiggles, Elite Daily, Femsplain, MTV, Yahoo! and on her personal YouTube channel, It's Akilah, Obviously! She's currently a digital correspondent for Fusion’s Pop and Culture team and a 2015 Sundance fellow. In the fall of 2016, Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is publishing a collection of her personal essays.
Adam Wade
Adam Wade
For the past thirteen years, Adam has been a fixture in both the New York City storytelling and comedy scenes. He is the winner of 20 SLAMS at The Moth (18 StorySLAM victories and 2 GrandSLAM Championships) with 20 different winning stories. He has toured across North America with The Moth Main Stage and has appeared on The Moth Radio Hour, and The Moth Podcast. Adam is a regular on the legendary comedic storytelling show Nights of Our Lives at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He has also been part of such shows as Magnet Theater's Armando Diaz Experience, UCB's Asssscat 3000, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, Big Terrific, The Liar Show, Mortified, and RISK, and has been featured in The New Yorker. Adam has been performing his Time Out New York Magazine's Critic's pick "You can't not like him!" monthly solo show The Adam Wade from NH Show since January 2010. The show is also a frequent New York Times 'Comedy Pick of the Week' and was part of Ruth Pennebaker's New York Times feature. His debut comedy album 'The Human Comedy' is available on iTunes and Google Play.
Alex Mar
Alex Mar
Alex Mar is a writer based in her hometown of New York City. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming inThe Believer, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Epic, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Atlas Obscura, The Oxford American (where she is a contributing editor), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic, currently streaming on Amazon. Witches of America is her first book, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015.
Jason Diamond
Jason Diamond
Jason Diamond is the author of the forthcoming memoir Searching for John Hughes, which is being published by the nice people at HarperCollins/William Morrow. He's the founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, an associate editor at Men's Journal, and his work has been published by The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Bookforum, McSweeneys, and a bunch of other places. He's a Cancer and he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two cats, and a dog named Max Diamond. He was just named one of the "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" by Brooklyn Magazine.
Host Blaise Allysen Kearsley
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 www.bazima.com.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/