Recently I went on a date. It went ok. (Except for the incredibly awkward ending where her ex came in with the girl he left her for – and they’d apparently gone on a date at that SAME PLACE just ONE month ago – and she ended up saying an awkward hello to him … yep.)
Something (else) funny happened on the date, though.
I went to the restroom (I have the bladder of a pregnant woman) and came back to the table. When I sat down she greeted me with a question along these lines,
“Have you ever been compared to a celebrity?”
Oh no. My brain immediately goes to oh no when someone brings this up.
“Um … why do you ask?” I say, probably showing amusement and concern on my opposite-of-poker-face.
“Who have you been compared to?”
“I don’t want to say … it might sway it …”
Yep. Michael Cera. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s awesome. I’m a huge fan of Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim. He is one funny dude. But, I think a lot of the humor from him comes from the fact that he’s so awkward. Also, although it’s weird to say this about another fella, I think he’s charming because he’s so disarming. So, I usually take this as a mixed bag compliment. But, really, I have gotten the comparison a number of times. And on dates, too.
There I am, trying to be funny and charming and cool, and they say, “ok, Cera.”
BUT! This time I got some good advice from The Storyteller:
“Start coming up with an immediate funny comparison comeback that leaves her thinking hey he really is a witty, funny guy and humble too.”
That is much better than my usual response of shrugging and saying, “yeah … ok.”
So if there’s a girl out there who likes the awkward charm of a three-legged puppy – give me a call some time.