What's the pros and cons of taking a first date to stand-up comedy?

What’s the pros and cons of taking a first date to stand-up comedy?

Your’ve got that first date. Woo-hoo! That’s the first hurdle. Now the second hurdle is to ensure this first date isn’t a disaster. So what to do? Where to take them? How to spend the evening? How about taking a first date to stand-up comedy?!

Think about it! You’re shoulder to shoulder, knees touching, and you don’t have to say a thing! What could go wrong?


  • It’s a low-pressure environment. Like I said, you don’t have to say anything! You can just sit back and enjoy the show while some other schmuck (not you) stumbles over their lines.
  • It’s a shared experience. Positive (and, sure, negative) experiences can create strong bonds. You and your date can bond over an enjoyable night, or at the comedian’s expense.
  • It’s a good way to learn about each other’s sense of humour. Did you know there’s a direct link between dark humour and intelligence? If your date laughs at the ‘dead aunt’ joke, she might be a keeper!
  • You’ve got something to talk about after the show. That awkward silence is a thing of the past since you can now talk about the comedian, their jokes or how a recent death in the family made that ‘dead aunt’ joke inappropriate (or hilarious).
  • Dopamine levels are high. The ‘happy hormone’ will ensure that you both leave with a smile on your face, even if you don’t leave with confirmation of a second date.


  • The comedian might make jokes that offend your date. Hey, in this era of ‘woke’ there’s a chance that your date is personally offended, or offended on behalf of someone else. But then again, maybe the comedy has helped you dodge a relationship bullet.
  • You might not find the same things funny. So she didn’t laugh at the ‘dead aunt’ joke. And she still doesn’t understand that pun. Maybe she’s not the one. But then again, maybe differences attract?!
  • Your date might disrupt the show and embarrass you. It’s rare, but it does happen. Often audience members think they are helping with heckling. Sometimes they are intentionally being disruptive. Again though, you might just have dodged a relationship bullet.

In short, stand-up comedy is an awesome way of spending the night with someone you might want to spend the rest of your life with. And if the date goes horribly wrong, you might want to use it in your own stand-up comedy set when you try stand-up comedy.

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