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On Wednesday night we stepped out in search of love and laughter at Greenwich comedy club, Up The Creek, for their first comedy speed dating night.Based on the usual speed dating format, the organisers started the night because of their frustration with boring events where laughter seemed frowned upon.Comedian Ninia Benjamin provided a welcome respite from the 3 minute introductions.Covering the topics of love and sex and generally taking the piss out of the crowd with panache, she offered plenty of talking points for the second round of dates.It is much more natural to meet single people at events.
The Princeton Club and Penn Club’s Young Alumni Committees present Finding Love on Club Row.I signed up for a Monday night event with Speed NY Dating (because what else was I going to do on a Monday night?), and found myself in the restaurant of the Hyatt Union Square.I was wondering if adopting a vague accent and introducing myself not as Frank, but as Franz, the playboy son of a foreign diplomat, would be an effective cover story to feed unsuspecting journalistic subjects. For practice, I muttered some words in German under my breath – And girls, man, the place was lousy with them! There were so many girls, in fact, and comparatively so few men, that as soon as I entered the room, a bearded man with a businesslike haircut hurried me to the front of the line, saying, “Just go! ”, doing at an event specifically designed for socially capable intellectuals? “You will have three minutes with each date,” her voice boomed, “Then the boys rotate to the right.All types of girls - young, old, curvaceous, willowy, bespectacled, un-bespectacled (is that a word? You are encouraged to talk about only the book you have brought to discuss.” Then, she added, with a faint hint of accusation in her tone, “Men: do not attempt to contact the women. I repeat: do not contact the women.” Literary Speed Dating is, evidently, a hot-zone for unwanted advances.
Inside, it looked more or less like a restaurant preparing itself for regular dinner service (dim lighting, candlelit tables), rather than the morose, clinical vision I had concocted of name tags, clipboards, and other trappings of business conferences.