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Nancherla revels in building twists and turns into her comedy, always playing with audience expectations and riffing on classic dating jokes with her own clever quirk.
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Musical comedians Garfunkel and Oates aka Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome put a twist on the folk singers of yore with a series of songs aimed at less… innocent experiences. Fuck holding hands, these women tackle blowjobs, smug pregnant women and booty calls. All the while, their sweet demeanor belies their biting lyricism, and their plucky rhythms, courtesy of a guitar and ukulele, contrast the forthrightness of their topics. With hilarious honesty, the two add a melodic touch to the ways people get up close and personal nowadays.
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Shlesinger more than peels back the curtain on every idiosyncratic dating routine women go through in order to impress a guy—she practically burns it all down. With brutal honesty, she details the unspoken things women do. Like shaving their big toes. That kind of candor has quickly amassed her a loyal fanbase who know she will speak about things women once only whispered about among their friends and, more likely, to themselves.
Ansari wrote the book, quite literally, on Modern Love , in He partnered with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to do a deep dive—both scientifically and anecdotally—into the dating phenomena he had witnessed firsthand as well as through friends.
It wasn't my friends' fault. I stoked the fire with my stories of disastrous nights out with men who lived with their mum. I relished the attention, I can't deny it.
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Initially the comedy course was a way to take my mind off being single, an eight-week Wednesday evening hobby. We were asked to do different tasks leading up to writing a five-minute set that we would perform on stage. I stuck to what I knew: And being a freelance journalist gave me a bit of an edge in the writing, though no guarantee I'd be funny. Being a dating failure had made me a comedy success. It dawned on me that having a boyfriend would spoil all this as it would stop me having things to speak about.
After all I'd done the research, I reasoned with myself. I'd do exactly what I used to do at those dinner parties: I'd tell my tales of dating failure.
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But this time the joke wouldn't be on me, it would be on the men who hadn't been up to the mark. At the end of our course we had our graduate showcase. Friends and family gathered in a south London pub to watch our sets. Suddenly, excitement turned to terror. As I waited for the compere to call my name adrenaline was flowing so hard I wanted to scream. I can honestly say I've never been more terrified.
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I'd spent the whole day practising at home, looking in the mirror at my facial expressions as I told each joke. Would people find them funny? Were the jokes too rude? But in between the terror, in that moment just before I went on stage, I also felt the most incredible excitement.
What I will say is this: So gag it up as much as you like, people, and let the chips fall where they may. Touring makes regular intimacy with a partner a very tricky undertaking. Facetime and Skype have transformed the long distance experience, but there is no substitute for sharing a couch with your partner, chewing on an antacid and watching something staggeringly inconsequential on TV before wrapping it up with a fond shag. On the plus side though, if a guy turns out to be a jerk, revenge comedy is deeply satisfying.
Dating is ridiculous for anyone. You feel vulnerable, then giddy, then resentful. Just clinging to hope, like a cat on the curtains. It seems, at times, I might be too much. But, if you ever want to grab a drink …?
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