NEW YORK CITY — "I'm so excited for me to meet Tom," said improviser Jenna Marucci, 27, her emphasis on "me" drawing a roaring laugh from the audience at the Players Theatre, where Marucci stands on stage. Marucci says she's "most comfortable on a stage, [and] least comfortable on a date."So she combined the two, bringing real dates to mingle with her during her show, "See Jenna Date."Meeting a potential romantic interest for the first time in front a dozens of spectators would unnerve almost anyone, but this improv show is helping Marucci deal with a fear of dating."I think it has helped me realize that with any sit-down on a date I should just play it like improv and just be honest and not nervous thinking about the next thing," said Marucci, who lives in Windsor Terrace."Those are great things to do when talking to someone, especially guys on a date."The guiding principles of improv can help people become better daters, according to dating coaches and students of that particular brand of comedy.
Tom, a New Jersey schoolteacher, walks out to greet Marucci on stage with an awkwardness that's a telltale sign of a first date — a fumbling handshake to a strained hug to a half-hearted cheek kiss. DNAinfo consulted with a few experts on how improv can improve your dating game.1.
"People think what they have to say is more important, but there is nothing more important than listening," he said.Another exercise requires the client to sustain friendly banter with another person as Hollman throws in conversation topics.4.