[...] But I can definitely talk about being able to connect with someone onstage, which I think is the ideal case for us in the show, that you and that other person actually connect and have a nice time together. How does your idea of a great first date compare to the dynamic you create every night onstage? CB: That is my goal every show: to make the date as comfortable as possible so that all those things can come out. We offer them water; the lights are up bright so they can't see the audience; I take a genuine interest in CB: My very first show, I remember thinking, "What am I doing? Then I sat across from my "date" and looked into his eyes and saw that he had just as much — if not more — fear in his eyes.From doing the show, what are the biggest lessons you've learned about, well, making that happen? Being more yourself than living up to any "idea" of what might seem impressive. TD: What I'm slowly realizing is the more I honestly share of myself, the more that it opens the other person up to do the same. We're meeting each other." It's not trivia or small talk — it's about, "Here's who I am."CB: To be others-focused (a great improv skill), to ask probing, open-ended questions. I also go into it with a very open heart...which can be scary at times but so worth it. I learned fast that I needed to let go of my fear and take care of him."To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses.Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments.It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.Certified Fresh Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
" Really, the "yes and" fundamental principal of improv coupled with listening is what I feel the show is all about."RN: It's a show that highlights a particular person for a moment in time and says, "Look at this person — aren't they remarkable?!
I might have been on three dates in my whole life, and none of them went anywhere (laughs). " [...] Just asking questions that are about more than the facts.
Otherwise, all of my partners, we were friends forever. It's about, "Here's how I feel inside."RN: If someone is willing to be in the show, and are at the same time clearly jittery when they arrive on the stage, then we (the cast) take very good care of them.
In Blind Date, Mimi (here played by Tess Degenstein) selects a date from the audience.
What follows is 90 minutes of conversation that's more heartfelt and charming than your average Tinder match. It's a popular piece of "spontaneous theatre," one that's played New York, London and various cities right across Canada since improv actor Rebecca Northan invented the concept at Toronto's World Stage Festival in 2009.