I’ve been on dates with women who found me funny, but none were so awkward as my date with the Comedian. I hesitate for to call her that because it was not her profession, but perhaps it’s more fitting than the other, the one with the badge.

When I was funny, she told me. Everything was dissected and analyzed. Over and over, she would tell me that I should do stand-up, but always emphasized amateur nights. She did not do amateur nights any more. She’d done her time as an amateur, she said.

I wasn’t trying to be funny, I didn’t care if she found me funny or not. Maybe she was being defensive, maybe not, but to the Comedian, one way or another, the date was serious. To me, it was just something funny that happened.