Just For Laughs


Photos by Brevin Blach

Nadine is from Toronto and says she has a good sense of humour (which she spelled with a “U” in an email to PacificSD). She also says Canada is “known as America’s Hat,” although that may be the case only in Toronto. She’s an “interior décor consultant” currently living in Mission Valley.

Mike’s from Wisconsin and lives in Bird Rock. He likes to yell, “Go Pack!” which is either a sports cheer or instructions for a Canadian. (Kidding. Sorry, Nadine.) He co-owns OEX Dive and Kayak in La Jolla and contacted PacificSD thanks to a referral from his friend and the other co-owner, Chris, who
got his fill of Wang’s (Asian fusion restaurant in North Park) on last month’s blind date.

Nadine and Mike are about to meet for the first time at National Comedy Theater in Midtown, where they’ll watch a live, interactive improv comedy show. Before they arrive, let’s review the pre-date interviews.

PacificSD: What are you looking for in a date?
NADINE: Physically, I’m drawn to guys who are tall and confident. Personality is huge for me, though, and I usually look for a guy who is spontaneous, intelligent and ambitious, with a great sense of humor. If a guy can compete with my knowledge of movie quotes, that’s a huge plus.
MIKE: I’m looking for a fun date that can hold a good conversation and,
physically, an attractive girl who also enjoys staying in shape.

What is the sexiest thing about you?
NADINE: I would say my laidback attitude and sense of humor.
MIKE: Maybe the fact that this is a tough question for me. I enjoy staying fit and will always work hard at it.

What are you best at?
NADINE: I work hard and play even harder.
MIKE: Making people laugh. I can talk to anyone.

What do you like least about yourself?
NADINE: I can be very shy at times, and that can hold me back in social situations. Oh, and I swear way too much.
MIKE: I’d love to not have inherited my parent’s anxiety. I procrastinate too often and can be too honest.

What’s your biggest fear?
NADINE: There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.
MIKE: That something happens to my parents while I’m thousands of miles away.

Fill in the blanks: In general, the people I date are “blank” and “blank.”
NADINE: In general, the people I date are wrong for me.
MIKE: In general, the people I date are cool and beautiful.

What’s your best trick for making a date end with romance?
NADINE: Cleavage.
MIKE: I have no surefire tricks, lines or anything scripted. Romance will come organically if we connect on different levels.

What’s the best thing that could happen during the date?
NADINE: That we hit it off and have a kick-ass time.
MIKE: We hit it off. Nothing is better than meeting an awesome girl.

What’s the worst thing that could happen?
NADINE: I could fall on my face and completely embarrass myself. Or he could be really creepy and weird. No bueno.
MIKE: My date is sort of crazy-that would be a bummer.

Best medicine

Laughter (with beers)

Mike’s phone is dead, so the magazine crew couldn’t find him until five minutes ago, which means he and Nadine could barely talk before the show started. They just met in the lobby, scored a couple beers at the concession stand and are now sitting front row center at the National Comedy Theater.

On-stage, six actor-comedians are broken into two teams of three. It’s red versus blue in a head-to-head improv comedy challenge à la TV’s “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Picture charades on acid, with genuinely funny mother-effers acting out complicated themes chosen by the
audience to score points and laughs.

The team that gets the biggest cheer (as determined by the laugh-off referee, who’s also funny) wins, and the crowd is going wild. Regulars are easy to pick out: they scream loudest and raise their hands to get pulled on-stage before newcomers ever get a chance.

During intermission, the daters pose for pics with the performers, then head Downtown for dinner at Café Sevilla. The place is jammin’. An up-tempo Spanish music band is rocking the main dining room as Nadine and Mike walk upstairs to a more intimate setting. After a round of drinks and tapas, they’re split for mid-date debriefings.

PacificSD: How’s it going so far?
NADINE: Going well, he’s really nice, really laid back. Not a douche bag, so that’s a plus.
MIKE: Been a great night. She’s a really cool girl. I’ve had a lot of fun so far.

What were your first impressions?
NADINE: I thought he was cute.
MIKE: She’s actually really hot-looks a lot like Kim Kardashian, which is awesome. She’s good-looking and she swears a lot, which I like.

Is this the type of person you would date normally?
NADINE: I normally date guys with a darker complexion, so, physically, no. But obviously what I’m dating doesn’t work for me, so it’s all good.
MIKE: Probably not, normally, but once again she’s not from this area. I’m always open to being aware of where people might be from. She’s cool, she’s hot, it’s just not the same...but it’s fine.

How was the National Comedy Theater?
NADINE: Different and very entertaining. The actors did a really good job. It was good because there was no pressure to talk. We were being
MIKE: Good place for a first date. I wanted to be able to talk to her more, shoot the shit and chatter it up a bit more than I was able to right off the bat, but it was cool.

Rate your date on a scale from one to 10 for looks.
NADINE: I guess a seven.
MIKE: Nine.

And for personality?
NADINE: Eight.
MIKE: Nine.

Would you like to kiss your date right now?
MIKE: I don’t know...yes.

Does your date want to kiss you right now?
NADINE: Maybe.
MIKE: Not sure...yes.

What’s the best way the date could end?
NADINE: We have some green beer and a good time.
MIKE: We keep connecting on a solid level-that would be awesome.

What’s the worst thing that could happen?
NADINE: That he’s a douche bag. He could grab my ass, hit on the waitress-any of those things could occur.
MIKE: Out of nowhere, she gets all weird.

(Editor’s note: raise your hand if you want Mike to grab Nadine’s ass and hit on a waitress. I do! I do!)

From ear to ear

Among other body parts

Nadine says Mike’s a cute non-douche bag. He thinks she’s Kim Kardashian. It’s a date made in pop-culture buzzword heaven. They laugh throughout dinner and keep laughing while dancing by the band in the restaurant. After a couple songs, they have a drink downstairs in Sevilla Nightclub, and then head out into the night. We call the next morning to see what we missed.

PacificSD: What was the best part of the date?
NADINE: Probably during and after dinner, because we got to talk.
MIKE: I enjoyed just having dinner and talking.

How was Café Sevilla?
NADINE: The place was really nice. We ate upstairs, which was a little quieter-good atmosphere with live music. They have live music downstairs...I think we danced at some point.
MIKE: Nice ambience, and the waiter was really good. We had had a few drinks at that point and we were starting to loosen up. A band and live music is always the best, so it was cool.

What did you eat and drink?
NADINE: We had wine that the waiter recommended, and it was amazing. We got the tuna tartare, which was my favorite. We also got the short ribs and the garlic shrimp, which was all yummy.
MIKE: I don’t really know. I think I just had a whiskey Coke. And maybe some rabbit? The waiter gave a lot of solid
advice as to what he thought was good, and we sort of went with his advice. The food was all really quite yummy.

How was Sevilla Nightclub?
NADINE: We took some shots of tequila and danced a little.
MIKE: It was cool that it was all part of the same building. We went down and had a beer and a shot of tequila, and
kind of got into the music and danced around a little bit.

What happened after the magazine crew left you alone?
NADINE: We walked over to Bootlegger and had a couple drinks.
MIKE: I don’t think we quite knew where we were at the time, but we walked around a little bit and finally found Bootlegger. My buddies own the place-there was a huge line but we got right in, so that was kind of cool.

What’s the funniest thing that happened during the date?
NADINE: The comedy club was funny. And the bartender at Bootlegger took my phone and tried to change my Facebook status to: “At Bootlegger with my new boyfriend.”
MIKE: She’s Canadian and loves hockey and swears like a Canadian who loves hockey. And so do I. It was funny.

What’s one thing your date should really know before his/her next date?
NADINE: He came off as if he wasn’t serious about the whole thing, so I’d probably tell him to be honest, maybe put in more effort. And not wear ripped jeans.
MIKE: I think she wanted to talk politics at one point. I don’t know if that’s necessarily the topic of interest for most guys on the first date.

Was there a kiss or romantic exchange?
NADINE: [Giggles] There was a slight romantic exchange at the end, yes.
MIKE: There was definitely a kiss or something at Bootlegger at some point.

Will there be a second date?
NADINE: We texted yesterday, and he wants to take me out and show me some
of the things he’s into, such as surfing. Time will tell.
MIKE: She doesn’t like the water all that much. If she was willing to come out and hangout with me on the water at some point, absolutely there’d be one.

It’s funny...Mike scored a meager “seven” at the mid-date break, but he managed to warm Nadine’s heart in the end. And she’s from a much colder climate: America’s Hat. (Ay dios mío! What does that make Mexico?) Or maybe a “seven” here is a “nine” in Canada because of the exchange rate. Either way, in terms of dating memories, Mike and Nadine are laughing all the way to the bank. And that’s no joke.

Thank you !

Café Sevilla
353 5th Ave., Gaslamp

National Comedy Theater
3717 India St., Midtown