Have you ever seen a happy couple and just wanted to, you know, kick them? Or tell them that love isn’t real and we all die alone? Then you have that in common with Brooklyn-based comedian Carly Ann Filbin, and you’ll love her live game show “Let Me Break You Up: An Anti-Dating Game Show,” which comes to the Black Cat on Saturday.
The show is set up like “The Newlywed Game,” the iconic TV game show where people are asked to predict their spouses’ answers to personal questions. However, instead of going on a fabulous honeymoon, the winning couple in Filbin’s show simply gets to stay together, while the losing couple must break up onstage — a process that involves holding up a hand and solemnly swearing,
“I do not love you. And I am currently picturing other people naked.”
Filbin, 32, recruits the two couples ahead of each show, drawing from among her friends and friends of friends.
“I’ve been doing this show for two and a half years, and only three couples have actually broken up,” Filbin says. “For most couples, being on the show is a bonding experience, because it’s an ordeal they’ve gone through together.”
Hanging out with people who are happily in love used to be Filbin’s idea of torture. In fact, she once tried to throw a woman out of her apartment simply because the visitor was brimming with joy about her recent engagement.
“I was like, ‘I cannot share my space with this person,’ ” Filbin recalls.
Realizing that this wasn’t the healthiest of attitudes, Filbin created her game show to work through her feelings. She also started going to therapy.
“I grew up with the belief that I wasn’t good enough to find love, and so when I saw other people in love, I felt like, ‘F— them that they get this, and I have to be on the outside,’” Filbin says.
While Filbin may have created “Let Me Break You Up” to poke holes in couples’ facades of happiness, the show has ended up softening her own attitudes toward love. (The therapy has helped, too, Filbin says.)
“Now I love being around people in strong relationships,” she says. “It feels really good to get offstage and be with two couples that just had shared this experience and are stronger because of it.”
Though she isn’t in a relationship, Filbin plans to date a lot this spring and find true love in the summer. She promises that if all works out as planned, it won’t hurt her show.
“I have plenty of bitterness stored up to keep this going for a long time,” she says.
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Sat., 9 p.m., $15.