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The joy of audience participat­ion is one of the funniest things I can think of. The oohs and aahs and crying ... name me something else where you go through all those emotions with a roomful of strangers?



Emily Hampshire burst into tears during a night out with a Tinder date.

The Schitt's Creek star has revealed she turned to the dating app after splitting from her husband, Matthew Smith, but the whole experience became a disaster.

“I was freshly divorced and probably not ready to put myself out there,” she told Us Weekly. “Tinder had just come out, so I started swiping. I see this guy sans tiger. And he looks clean and, like, employable and not a serial killer. So, like all the boxes: check, check, check.”

The Montreal-born actress, 39, exchanged numerous messages with her date before their first face-to-face meeting. But Hampshire said she was overcome with nerves as she prepared for her big night out.

“I don't remember the complete ensemble because my memory is trying to block this traumatic night out of my memory, but it involved like skinny, spandexy jeans and heels,” she said. “The only thing I hate more than both those things is both of them together.”

After they sat down at a table, Hampshire burst into tears and as her date tried to calm her down, her makeup rubbed off on the guy. “He laughed when snot blew out of my nose and hugged me,” she said. “When he hugged me (with) his very clean white shirt, I basically left, like, an imprint of the joker face on his white shirt.”

Hampshire admitted the date was a total disaster and she holds herself responsibl­e for the chaotic night out.

“I don't know if it's clear to you, but the worst part of this worst date is me,” she said, laughing.

Despite this, Hampshire has remained in touch with the man and they're now good friends.

“To this day, this is years later, we laugh about the snot bubble,” she said. “My first-ever Tinder date, Ari, is still my dear friend.”

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