Speed Dating with Kristen Schaal
I had the pleasure of meeting comic Kristen Schaal last Valentines Day on the 13th Floor of the HBO Building in New York. She’s just as charming and delightful and brilliant and funny in person as she is in her screen roles.
Kristen can currently be seen as “Mel” in the HBO hit series Flight of the Conchords and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central. She recently won “Best Alternative Comedian” at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival and is also the winner of the second annual Andy Kaufman Award hosted by the New York Comedy Festival as well as Best Female Stand-up at the 2006 Nightlife Awards in New York.
We also changed the background music from my piano rags to the starry piano jazz of Chicago musician and pal George Goetschel to fit the mood of the posh lounge setting. George has a background in improv, scoring shows for Second City Theater and the ImprovOlympic (io) Theater, where Kristen, George and I share a common background.
If you like the music in this episode, you can get George’s CD “In the Moment.”
Speed Dating is a matchmaking process first introduced in 1998, designed for singles to meet a large number of prospects in a short time. Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a short series of “dates,” usually lasting from three to eight minutes.
A list submitted by each person at the end avoids any immediate rejections, and if the feeling is mutual, the couple hooks up later. It’s become a cultural phenomenon, seen on “Sex and the City,” “Law and Order” and “The Simpsons.” A 2005 study of speed dating events found that most people make their choice within the first three seconds of meeting.
I enjoyed my speed dating experiences, except I felt embarrassment and the pressure to perform, plus none of the sessions led to anything.