You would think that a show like Lane Moore’s Tinder Live, in which the comic scrolls through and comments on guys’ dating profiles, would be a roast-fest.
Moore says the goal of her show isn’t to tear people down even if there’s always “a white guy with cornrows whose name is Amen” on there.
“I’m not really a cynical person,” Moore says. “I know so many friends who had so many beautiful relationships from dating apps, and I’ve become friends with so many people I’ve met on Tinder Live.”
Tinder Live is about celebrating the wonderful and the weird on the same level. The New York-based Moore is bringing her show to Three Links on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
“I’ve had people in the audience be like, ‘Can you set me up with them?'” Moore says. “There’s a real, surprising amount of kindness and connection that comes out of the show, which is really really awesome.”
Moore’s schtick consists of sitting on the stage, hooking her phone up to a projector and swiping through the local profiles commenting on what she finds, then lets the audience choose to swipe left or right on them. Sometimes, she even reaches out to the owners of the dating profiles and speaks to them live in front of the audience.
“Sometimes somebody’s profile is really funny and really silly and I want to play with them,” Moore says. “There’s a guy on the show who said he has a penis tattoo and I’m like, I have to talk to this person. He matched my level of insane. I’m being over the top but he’s rolling with it in a weird way and the audience will root for them and be like, ‘You should go out with them.'”
The idea for the show sparked seven years ago when Moore first signed on to the app and started “basically swiping right on all of the profiles that are super weird and bizarre.”
Moore’s routine offers more than just jokes. She and members of her audience actually offer useful advice for online dating.
“One thing I’ve noticed doing the show is really great people who have horrible profiles,” Moore says. “I really love doing it because it can be so hard to see yourself objectively and it’s hard to say, ‘Oh, putting that in my profile can make me seem meaner or colder.'”
Moore has spent so much time on Tinder that she has ample practical advice for men and women when it comes to making first impressions.
“Across the country for some reason, I see men holding fish,” Moore says. “I can tell you across the board, women don’t love it. You’re trying to tell me you think you can provide for me but I can pick up fish at the store.”
Another thing she notices is the number of group photos on profiles as their lead photo.
“I have a segment called ‘Which One Is It?'” Moore says. “There’s 10 people in the profile photo and I don’t know which one he is. I don’t know why people do that because it’s so confusing.”
Of course, Tinder has a much darker side, and it’s impossible to avoid its negative influences while you’re vetting real people’s profiles on stage in real-time.
“There was a guy on the show the other night who made a joke about being violent with a woman and we’re like all right, let’s cut that,” Moore says. “I already know from personal experience and so many women know there is a dark side to these apps. People have really scary things happen to them because of these apps. My goal is to find some levity and humor and make something empowered out of it.”
Of course, we couldn’t resist and had to ask Moore to look at our author’s Tinder profile. Like most freelance writers, Dallas Observer writer Danny Gallagher is still single. So he bit his lower lip, fired up his Tinder app and shared his dating profile with Moore for a thorough review.
Danny’s profile included his headshot, four selfies — when he met famous comedians including Keegan Michael-Key and “Weird Al” Yankovic — a backstage photo at an Austin City Limits festival and a cartoon he drew for his webcomic
The results surprised him. They were positive.
“Honestly, I love your profile,” Lane wrote in an email. “You seem nerdy and sweet and generous. The only note I would give is there’s one photo where you can’t see your face at all and it’s just a black void but maybe that represents your soul. So who am I to say!”
Moore wrote that it’s important that people show others who they are through their photos and shouldn’t worry if they come across as boastful as long as they are honest. Unless, of course, that photo involves holding a large fish.
“I’d say that you did right in terms of celebrities,” she wrote. “They weren’t random celebrities, which is often what people will do. You clearly chose celebrities that said something about your personality.”