How I Learned To Fight Back!

The How I Learned Series Presents

How I Learned To Fight Back!

Host Blaise Allysen Kearsley, John Fugelsang, Marie Faustin, Ayo Edebiri, Alexander Chee, Janice Erlbaum, Vernon Payne

Wed · December 12, 2018

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

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

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

*Individual performer appearances subject to change without notice.

 

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.


Partial proceeds go to EMILY’S LIST to help elect more women
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.
John Fugelsang
John Fugelsang
John Fugelsang is an actor, comedian, broadcaster and host of Tell Me Everything, weekdays on SiriusXM. He has hosted programs for Current TV, MSNBC, and PBS. He's been murdered on CSI, he interviewed two Beatles on separate continents in the same week, and famously once got Mitt Romney's advisor to call Governor Romney an "etch-a-sketch" on CNN.

He's performed at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and in The Bill of Rights Concert alongside Lewis Black and Dick Gregory. His Film/TV credits include Price Check, Becker, Providence, The Coexist Comedy Tour, The Girl On The Train, and Maggie Black.

His mother is an ex-Nun and his father was a Franciscan Brother. Deal with that.
Marie Faustin
Marie Faustin
Marie Faustin is a NY-based comedian and actress and one of the fastest rising talents on the comedy scene. She was recently named a 2017 "New Face of Comedy" at the international Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.

Marie has appeared in GQ Magazine, MTV's GirlCode, MTV2's Vidiots, VH1's All Jokes Aside, BET's SocialAwards and TruTV's Late Night Snack. From 2016 - 2017, Marie was the host of Oxygen's Very Real Talk. She's a regular feature in Time Out NY and is the on-air host of 99.5FM's "Tall Tales in the Big City." Marie also co-hosts the weekly podcast: The Unofficial Expert.
Ayo Edebiri
Ayo Edebiri
Ayo is a Boston born, Brooklyn based comedian and writer. She wasn't good enough for the Celtics, but is making this work. She's performed in readings, musicals, and improv shows at places like UCB, the PIT, and Dixon Place. She's also appeared in videos for Refinery29 and Funny Or Die. She's in the sketch group Lo-Fi and currently works on The Rundown on BET as the Writers’ Assistant.
Alexander Chee
Alexander Chee
Alexander Chee is the author of the new essay collection HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL, as well as the novels EDINBURGH and THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, all from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, T Magazine, Tin House, Slate, and Guernica, among others.

He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri, and Amtrak.

He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.
Janice Erlbaum
Janice Erlbaum
JANICE ERLBAUM is the author of two memoirs, GIRLBOMB and HAVE YOU FOUND HER, and the novel I, LIAR. GIRLBOMB, the story of Erlbaum’s “halfway homeless” teenage years in New York City, has sold over 75,000 copies to date, and continues to win over new readers ten years after its publication.

Her work has been featured in Bust Magazine, xojane, The Rumpus, McSweeneys, and in several anthologies of poetry and prose. She is also the author of two books for tweens, LUCKY LITTLE THINGS, and the forthcoming LET ME FIX THAT FOR YOU. She is the creator of Advice for Young Writers, a video series for kids who know they want to be writers when they grow up.
Vernon Payne
Vernon Payne
Vernon Payne has written, directed, and performed two one-man shows—Hilariously Mediocre (2016) and Teenage Love (2018). He has appeared at the New York Comedy Club, The PIT Underground, The Tank, and other venues across the northeast.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/