Lane Moore wants you to know that you, single person swiping left and right into the wee hours of the morning, are not alone.
In her interactive comedy show “Tinder Live!” — coming to the Lincoln Theatre on Valentine’s Day — the comedian swipes through profiles on the dating app as they appear on a screen in front of the audience, engaging with schmucks and the good eggs alike, in real time.
“When you’re on Tinder with your friends and you all chime in together, it feels like an event, and I wanted to have that happen on a large scale,” Moore says. In D.C., she’ll be joined onstage by actress Heather Matarazzo (“The Princess Diaries”) and Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri.
The night is designed to feel as much like a therapeutic exercise as a comedy show. Moore brings the uncomfortable etiquette of Tinder out in public by swiping, texting and sometimes calling the app’s users.
Even as the profiles get stranger, the show reminds you that it’s not just weirdos on Tinder — there are normal people out there, too. Even normal people you could meet — gasp! — in person.
“I could not recommend more that single people come to the show,” Moore says, adding that it’s not a bad place to meet people in your same boat. “There’s still a bar [at the theater] and you’re probably going to meet a bunch of people who have a sense of humor about themselves.”
Perfect your match game
If you’re trying to get the most out of dating apps, “Tinder Live!” host Lane Moore has some tips for putting your best virtual self out there.
Be aware of how you present yourself: “When you’re setting up a profile, it’s hard to know if you’re marketing yourself properly,” Moore says. “Are you showing the world who you actually are?” A photo of you being chummy and close with your friends might seem fine to you, but to those looking at your profile without any context, the photo might seem more intimate. “Do you have your photo with your arm around [someone]? I don’t want to see what I’d only assume is your ex.”
Be specific — it makes you stand out: “I look for a sense of humor in their profile or a little joke or a TV show they love that not everybody else knows about,” Moore says. “If you’re putting that TV show that everyone watches — that’s a wide net. There’s something nice about putting something niche, because people are much more excited to talk about it because they don’t get to talk about it a lot.”
Don’t be that apathetic dud: Try starting a conversation with a question that “gives them the opportunity to throw the ball back,” Moore says. “A lot of people respond to questions just with answers and that’s not a conversation [and] that doesn’t tell me you have a personality.” Remember that when somebody reaches out to you. “I’m not trying to unlock a password or anything! I’m just trying to start a conversation and get to know you.”
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW; Tue., 8 p.m., $25.
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