GO­ING OUT ON A LIMB

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

HERE’S an Amer­i­can dat­ing show that an Aus­tralian network needs to copy. It’s Gog­gle­box meets FirstDates. Each episode fea­tures two dif­fer­ent cou­ples go­ing on a date. They’ve al­ready been pre-matched on spe­cific qual­i­ties they’re look­ing for, from per­son­al­ity traits to height. It’s all filmed, then Amer­i­can co­me­di­ans watch the footage of the dates on their couches at home and nar­rate the whole thing. Sound fa­mil­iar? Sur­pris­ingly for US TV, it’s pretty loose and the lan­guage and themes get racy. There’s two cou­ples meeting tonight. You’ll see Luis and Peter hav­ing din­ner, where Peter talks about an ex (usu­ally a deal breaker) but he does pro­vide some ma­te­rial for comics Kelsey Dar­ragh and Zach Noe Towers (pic­tured) watch­ing at home with a story about how his for­mer part­ner had a pros­thetic leg that he left be­hind when they split. “How bad is the date that you leave your leg be­hind?,” one of the comics asks, quite rightly. It turns out he still has the leg in his closet. His date Luis finds this both hor­ri­fy­ing and hi­lar­i­ous. “You have a leg in your closet?” Luis asks him. “I swear to god I’ll show you one day,” Peter threat­ens be­fore pon­der­ing out loud: “How do you for­get your leg?” Else­where there’s Sa­man­tha and Cody. Be­cause they’re both a lit­tle frisky, what bet­ter way to see if there’s some sparks – and to get some good TV out of it – than a date at a pole danc­ing class.

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