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Fringe Review: Perfect Date

By Brian Carroll on June 17, 2019

Perfect Date
by Sam Pomerant
37min / 14+ / Solo / Storytelling / Comedy

Everyone has to start somewhere. First-time Fringe performer Sam Pomerant has a background in theatre (he wrote and directed a two-act show in his school’s theatre department) and video. He has 69 videos on his YouTube channel. He’s the writer, director, producer and performer of his one-person show about high school dating, The Perfect Date.

Pomerant portrays himself as attractive, funny, charming, charismatic, and confident. “I have the perfect body.” There’s just one problem. He’s not very successful with the opposite sex. “Do you know how hard it is to flirt with girls? You have to talk. They can hear what you say.”

It gets worse. The kiss of death… “Moms love me.” Hoo, boy!

Pomerant is willing to admit that he has his faults. One of his favourite nerdy habits is delighting in telling people: “I told you so!” Yeah, that’ll make friends and influence people.

He can also be obsessive. He’s had a running argument with his family about living room furniture for three (!) years.

He’ll also admit to anger issues, though he prefers the euphemism “strong-willed.” The class clown in him blurts out that he could also be “seeking help.”

Pomerant explores his limited dating history, particularly the ways he manages to torpedo his own opportunities:

  • talking with girls about his past girlfriends,
  • missing obvious hints from members of the opposite sex,
  • pining for a relationship that came to an end,
  • turning down five offers of dates because the girls asked him out.

While there’s comic potential in this show, it’s only partially realized. Pomerant’s self-deprecating humour can carry the show only so far. His one attempt at audience participation goes nowhere (by design). He needs to find more of a connection with his audience. It’s not enough to have them laugh at him. He needs to win their empathy.

Pomerant has played class clown to a limited audience until now. But stand-up comedy is the big league. He needs better material, something more for the audience to sink its teeth into.


Perfect Date by Sam Pomerant is playing at ODD Box (2 Daly Ave) until Saturday June 22, 2019. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.