Published: 08th September 2017
Date-à-tête with Rachman Blake: Why this may be the only time you'll laugh about your dating life
What is a Psych major from Princeton doing on a stage in Hyderabad? Making you laugh about all your bad dates. Check out Rachman Blake who is in India to rattle all the dating skeletons in your closet
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man who has Tinder on his phone must be in want of a date with a woman. And vice versa. But take it from stand up comedian Rachman Blake, when he says, Tinder or not, "Dating sucks everywhere, no one has figured it out!" This coming from someone who has toured 27 countries (and counting) and heard about the wackiest people that you could possibly date - from a woman accidentally going out with a descendant of Saddam Hussain to another who accidentally burnt her tresses - you better believe it!
But this isn't just any comic show. The New Jersey-born Blake's Story Party | True Dating Stories allows you to anonymously share your dating story. Just show up, write your 'OMG' dating experience on the casual confession slips and for the rest of the evening, sit back and have a good laugh at acts that will have you in splits. This party, which started four years ago in Eastern Europe, came to Mumbai yesterday and will conclude in Hyderabad on September 10 at Hyderabadass Comedy Club in Jubliee Hills before heading to Australia. So get ready to ROFL like never before!
Your ideal match is busy making something out of his life rather than swiping away on Tinder - remember no one ever says, 'I found this perfect guy on Tinder'
Rachman Blake, stand up comedian
Why joke about love, you may ask? Blame it on a difficult break-up. One that pushed Blake to take to the stage to vent all his frustration, in his hilarious trademark way, of course. Soon, he quit his job and decided to pursue this full time. "Funny how if you were into online dating seven to eight years back it would mean you are a complete loser," recalls Blake. But now we are spoilt for choice, like analysis paralysis - Blake recalls from his psychology class. "It's like Tinder gives you 100 million jams, obviously you are going to want several flavours and remain unsatisfied no matter what," he says, drawing a rather tasty analogy.
Party non-stop: Rachman Blake at a Story Party in Cape Twon
Any dating tips? We must try and become a reflection of the person we are seeking or in other words, "Be the jam we wish others to be," he pauses. Did we mention he studied Psychology at Princeton? He is also the advocate of the good old 'Walk up and talk' method when it comes to dating, which he certifies as effective. "What's the worst that could happen? They'll ignore you," he says.
Whether dating leads to love or not, you've got to wonder what love means to Rachman Blake? "I have no idea, I throw around that word too easily," he confesses. Thinking out aloud, he says, "As the US Supreme Court once said about porn, that you'll know it when you see it, love is a feeling, you'll know it when you feel it.....Wow! I'm impressed with myself.,” he laughs.
We had to snigger.