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Back in 2010, How I Learned brought you "How I Learned I Might Be Obsessed," featuring stories of infiltrating an anti-gay Christian conference, competitive eating,  a rock band employing chickens for percussion, chasing a one-night-stand all the way to Hong Kong, getting locked out of the house half naked with a vibrator and a baby, and Oprah Winfrey. This year, come out for new stories on the same subject from a wicked hot lineup that may or may not include people with addictive personalities and/or some sort of borderline sociopathic bipolar disorders. (Not judging. Might be projecting.)

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The How I Learned Series Presents:
How I Learned I Might Be Obsessed
(Volume II)

Ophira Eisenberg
(Storyteller / Comedian / Host of NPR's Ask Me Another / Author, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy)

James Braly
(Performer / Author, Life in a Marital Institution)
Alex Gallafent
(Actor / Writer / Correspondent for the BBC)
Rose Surnow
(Humorist / Writer, New York Magazine, VICE)
Christine Gentry
(Storyteller, Story Collider, The Moth)

Creator / Producer / Host:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

Wednesday, April 24th
8:00PM / Doors at 7
Happy Ending Lounge

302 Broome Street
Between Forsyth + Eldridge
B, D to Grand
F, J, M, Z to Delancey
OPHIRA EISENBERG is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s new weekly trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another. She has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, and VH-1. Selected as one of New York Magazine's Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny, and featured in the New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor, Ophira's debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy is in stores now. She is also a regular host and teller with The Moth.

JAMES BRALY is the author and performer of the monologue Life in a Marital Institution, reviewed as "gaspingly funny" by Variety and "never less than excellent" by the New York Times. The monologue has become a memoir by the same name, published by St. Martin's Press, and has also been optioned for film and television. His stories have been broadcast nationally on This American Life, NPR and Marketplace
ALEX GALLAFENT is a former producer for the BBC Radio in London and currently a correspondent for the BBC and Public Radio International's The World. He has performed sketch comedy and one-act plays in New York and the UK, and can be seen regularly at  The Pit with his improv troupe, Skycopter, or playing drums and trumpet with the BTK Band, NYC's hardest-drinking, improvised storytelling rock band.

David CrabbROSE SURNOW used to be a tiny baby, but then she was like, "F@#$ that." Now she's a performer and humorist whose writing has appeared in New York magazine, VICE, JezebelThe HairpinThought Catalog and elsewhere. She is 9 feet tall and weighs 6 pounds.
CHRISTINE GENTRY is a doctoral student and english teacher who joins BBQ on the list of good things to have come out of Texas. She also teaches storytelling to NYC public high school students and writes flash fiction for Flashquake, Word Riot and Printer's Devil Review magazines. She has performed on Story Collider, the Adam Wade From New Hampshire show, and at The Moth.

THE HOW I LEARNED SERIES is a live New York-based show featuring writers, storytellers, comics and other raconteurs holding forth on lessons learned, unlearned, relearned and in progress. Featured in Time Out New York, The L Magazine, The Rumpus, Electric Literature and more, HOW I LEARNED takes place at Happy Ending on the Lower East Side and at Union Hall in Brooklyn. It all 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. Learn more at

BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY is a writer, storyteller and photographer, as well as the creator, producer and host of HOW I LEARNED. She has appeared on The Rejection Show, The Soundtrack Series, Steamboat Humor Readings, Real Characters, Cringe, Mortified, Literary Death Match and more. Her writing has been published in Vice, The Nervous Breakdown and several other places a long time ago perhaps not worth mentioning by name. One time, she was awarded a month-long writing residency in Vermont where she got electrocuted and maybe almost killed a horse. Visit her at your own risk at (That's "buzz-eye-mah.") (Photo: Jon Boulier)