Comedian Debbie Campo is the Founder/MC/Matchmaker of ‘Laugh Your Way To Love,‘ the hybrid mashup of stand up comedy meets ‘The Dating Game” meets the singles mixer.
Campo explained. “The doors at the Sacramento Punchline will open at 7:00 and we encourage the single people to come early to have a cocktail and meet with us and the other singles. We (comedians) mingle with everyone who comes early, facilitate introductions and see if we can spot some compatibilities early. At 8:00 PM, everyone gets to see a very funny comedy show featuring headliner Sal Calanni and co-features, Maggie Newcomb and Jason Armenio. Throughout the show we are chatting with the audience members and getting to know them better.”
What happens after the show?
“The last part of the show we do audience interaction and have a short ‘Dating Game’ segment where we match single women and single men up from willing participants. Then, after the show, we continue to mingle, exchange info and.. well, occasionally, ‘hook up!’”
Have there been any successful matches?
“There have been a couple of them that have been great but one in particular is a stand out. In one of our first shows, we matched a couple where he lives in Los Angeles and she lives in San Francisco. They write me all the time and tell me that they are having a good time. She was one of the women that we pulled onstage. A very cute British girl who announced that she ‘wasn’t wearing any panties’ at the time. No wonder she got the guy!” she laughed.
What about us non-single folk. Will we be out of place?
“No, by wrapping this around the comedy show, we want to make sure that even if they don’t meet someone or not in the market to meet anyone new that you come away having a great night of being entertained by a spectacular comedy show. So, even if you are a married couple or bringing your date, you find a cozy, loving and fun environment.”
Campo, who was twice married and now single, came up with the idea as a unique way to meet more eligible men while performing her stand up. We wondered how that was working for her.
“Everyone hooks up but me!” she exclaimed. “I saw it as a way to ‘fish’ for single men using a large net rather than a pole but everyone seems ”hooks up” but me. Every young comedian wants to do these shows because they invariably end up getting dates. Alas, I seem to just be ‘The Matchmaker.”
Campo is originally from Philidelphia, grew up in Las Vegas and has performed coast to coast over the last 6 years. She has performed with the ’3 Blonde Moms” comedy troupe and performs with three other male comedians as the baby boomer themed, ‘Not Dead Yet’ tour.
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