By PETER HELLIAR
Since It’s A Date began airing on the ABC, I have been asked for my viewpoints and opinions on dating on TV and radio, been approached on the street for dating advice, and contacted on Twitter by somebody hoping I could save their fledgling relationship.
I couldn’t for two reasons.
One, it was too far gone; and two, I am a comedian.
But I thought it may be fun to share the answers to the question each episode posed in It’s A Date. I may even learn something about myself…
*Looks longingly into the distance… or at least the corner of the Perth Qantas Club*.
So here we go.
1. When Should You Abandon a Date?
During the writing of each episode where a character’s behaviour is bordering on intolerable we had to stop and ask ourselves the question; why doesn’t he/she just leave? My answer always ended up being the same, “because you don’t”.
Usually you’re on a date because you have some level of emotional investment in the other person – so you tend to stick it out. Also, it can take your brain some time to process abnormal behaviour, sometimes it’s not until the cab ride home when you call your mum or best mate and get their assurance to confirm that yes, your date politely presenting you a folded menu with his penis delicately placed in it, was a bit weird.
With that said, I suggest pressing the eject button on any date if any of the following occurs. Base-jumping is thrown up as a first date “out of the square” option, your date falls asleep during dinner, he/she denies the Holocaust or he is wearing a T-shirt outlining reasons why a beer is better than a woman.
2. How Important is Honesty on a Date?
I would suggest honesty is highly important. That does not mean there isn’t room for revisionism or a little creative refurnishing of your present day self. She doesn’t need to know about the warts on your arse that you had burnt off on Thursday and he doesn’t need to know that you’re menstruating. With that said, you may want to mention that jail stint at some point or that sex change operation you had or are planning on having.
3. How Important is a Sense of Humour on a Date?
A sense of humour helps but that does not mean you should strive to make every comment a belter and every observation a punch line. Dating is about making a connection and it’s important you have moments of honesty and candor. For the bigger picture it’s important that your senses of humour connect. No point riffing freestyle on Kevin Rudd’s filibuster style concession speech if his/her favourite TV show is Real Housewives of the OC.
4. Do Opposites Attract?
I don’t think you can be the polar opposite to somebody and maintain a relationship but as far as dating goes, dipping your toe in your right-wing, Super League-following, Pinot-supporting, fundraising-organising neighbour’s pool because your trampoline is bust and the Bulldogs didn’t make the finals, why not?