Interesting article in the New York Times over the weekend about stand-up comedian Helen Hong’s attempt at speed matchmaking. However, her twist is that she uses a comedy show to get people in the audience to meet each other. She teamed up with Comix, a Manhattan comedy club to fill a room with Asians and let Helen do her thing. So what was the genesis of this effort?
Ms. Hong spent enough time in South Korea to be familiar with a phenomenon called “booking,” in which men at a nightclub heavily tip a waiter to physically drag a young woman they’ve noticed over to their table. “It’s barbaric,” Ms. Hong said. “And of course the women have to look like they’re really protesting or else they look like a slut.” But she understood the basic motivation: “In most East Asian cultures, you can’t meet someone new unless you’re introduced by a third party.”
If you live in New York, it might be worth checking out and it’d also be good to support a Korean-American stand-up comedian. Read more at the NYTimes.com>