Most dating apps can be depressing. But Tinder, in all its swipe-based simplicity, is a digital landscape with perhaps the most potential to expose how absurd humanity can behave when it’s looking to get laid. Someone who knows this well is comedian, musician, and writer Lane Moore, who has been delving into the weird world of online dating through her comedy show Tinder Live, which will be celebrating its fifth year of existence tonight. More →
Now I have you with me, under my power. Our love grows stronger now with every hour. Look into my eyes, you’ll see who I am. My name is Lucifer, please take my hand. – Black Sabbath
Yesterday eve, a hoard of leather-jacket-clad girls with flowing manes and practiced scowl-pouts made their way to their assigned seats at Saint Vitus. The mood was heavy, everyone seemed to know that they faced the potential for both complete humiliation and romantic glory at the very first Speed Metal Dating. I was among the 74 people who showed up, a sacrificial lamb for stunt journalism.
What happened? Lemmy tell you…
“It might just be crazy enough to work,” mused Dave Hill, the comedian and author who’s now embarking on his second venture in “alt” romantic encounters. It’s Speed Metal Dating, happening this weekend at Saint Vitus!
It’s likely that you know Hill from his Monday night WFMU show The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, or perhaps you recognize him from his Comedy Central appearances and brief bits on Inside Amy Schumer (Hill also has a new book coming out May 10, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore). But it’s also A-OK to admit that you recognize Dave Hill from Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, the comedian’s original North Brooklyn dating event at the Black Rabbit aimed at rabid fans of the Smiths and Morrissey.
Months after we spoke to Dan “Looking For a Girlfriend” Perino about the flyers he threw up around the East Village, they’re still everywhere. We take it the lampost lothario still hasn’t found that girlfriend, but that hasn’t stopped the above Don Juan from putting up these hilarious “Also Looking for a Girlfriend” flyers in Williamsburg. Dude has copped Perino’s exact steez — except he specifies that, in addition to being an artist, he’s a game designer looking for a “gamer chick” who likes burgers (vegans need not apply).
Either that or he’s the same guy putting up the fake movie flyers.
When we saw this latest “Looking for a Girlfriend” poster up around the East Village, we thought it might be one of our previous flyer boys. Probably not swinging-man Alex, but possibly lonely-hearted Luis. This assumption was based on similar, defensive wording: “I’m really looking for a girlfriend. This is not a joke. Just tired of the singles scene and hoping to meet the right person…Open to the possibility of the relationship morphing into something more profound.”
No, not everybody is swiping away on Tinder. We recently spotted a couple of handmade lonely-hearts flyers in the East Village. The one at left offered just an email address and a head shot of Oscar the Grouch. We decided to get in touch with ladies man “Alex A,” and he answered a few of our questions about love and luck in the city. (Though only after he had made a play for a date. Cheeky devil.) Read our exchange below, and stay tuned tomorrow as we talk to the author of the other flyer, a loner from Detroit who wrote, “If you have a heart you can give me a call or text.”
Remember the Love Calculator? Though still a reliable standby, we’ve come a long way since the days when we depended on Dr. Love to diagnose compatibility. There’s now a whole universe of dating data out there thanks to the explosion of Internet dating sites. Christian Rudder, co-founder of endless source of romantic hilarity, OkCupid, put his Harvard degree in mathematics to good use and tapped into this datasphere. Tonight at the Yard, he’ll present material from his forthcoming book about data driven matchmaking.