It’s exhilarating and immensely satisfying seeing comedy born and shaped in this way, and the success of the show rests on the talent of their rotating ensemble cast (this week: Rose Matafeo, Nic Sampson, Alice Snedden, Guy Montgomery, Laura Daniel, Eddy Dever, Hamish Parkinson, Eli Matthewson and Joseph Moore) and their ability to build consistently entertaining and remarkably cohesive stories out of scattershot stream-of-consciousness.
The sketches are smart, reactive, and – crucially – very funny.
Of course everyone has their own dating styles, and likes and dislikes, so Delancy's advice isn't the end all be all. So you do you, but if "you" isn't working online, watch this video for some extra tips.
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If Zoe met Hunter online, rather than a strip club, here’s how I imagined their first conversation might go.
PS – if you want to read an intensely sensual romance scene (or two), you’ll have to pick up a copy of this novel, ASAP.
Part of this lies in the way each member builds on the other's gags: a digression in Mathewson’s monologue into the shift patterns of Air New Zealand pilots, for example, slyly blossoms onstage into an online dating exchange (“looking for someone who can deal with my emotional baggage”), which is immediately derailed by an insistence on discussing flight rosters, which reveals itself as an oft-deployed pick-up line (“pure heroine to women”), which takes us to a support group for all those who have fallen for this line.
Moments like this capture the essence of a Snort show: it’s high-energy, fast-paced and fun.
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Once you start talking to a new person, you get comfortable pretty quickly, but how can you be sure your icebreaker is going to work?
Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to know, but here are some tips to make sure your first message puts you on the right side in the online dating pool: No one wants to hear “are you from Tennessee, ‘cuz you’re the only 10 I see” 20 times a day. If you start with what you think is brilliant wordplay, and your conversation-mate doesn’t understand it, you’ve wasted a pick-up line a potential date.
Divided into three parts, each section begins with a comedian asking the audience for a prompt – usually someone in the cast will do this, but for the Festival, guests from other shows have been invited along (‘friends’ this week: Rhys Mathewson, Steven Boyce and Tom Furniss).