Serial Dater

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In the Spring of 2011, fueled by a mixture of imminent-grad-school induced senioritis and a therapist-encouraged carpe diem, I sort of accidentally went on five first dates in seven days. Join me as I take you on a journey through the highs and lowsokay, let's be honest, largely lowsof modern dating. This is SERIAL DATER.


  • Episode 7 - The Artist

    Episode 7 - The Artist

    28/12/2018 Duración: 01h09min

    You guys, we made it! The final episode is finally here! It’s a little stitched together with paper clips and rubber bands, but it should hold together. I’ve been on the road, and the travel mic doesn’t quite sound as good as my mic at home, so if you hear some sound quality variance, it’s me not you. If you prefer to wait, I’ll be uploading a clean version of this episode once I get back to the US. Oof, I have a million thank-yous to do, and I’m almost certain I’ll forget some. The easy one up top is to TONGUES., without whom I sort of can’t imagine this series? Like, maybe if it hadn’t worked out I would have figured out something else, but thank god I didn’t need to. Please go find their music on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music, and check out their web site, where you can find links to all the social medias.Thanks to Will de Renzy-Martin for performing the voice of Phil! You can find out more about Will by clicking here. Again special thanks to all the actors I worked with this s

  • Episode 6 - The Market

    Episode 6 - The Market

    14/12/2018 Duración: 49min

    Nearly there, folks! This penultimate episode of Serial Dater UK includes hashtags, lifetime bans, and Stephen Fry!The usual thanks and announcements—every week I’m more and more grateful that the amazing group TONGUES. has seen fit to allow me to use their music to help tell my story. Please go inflate their Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music numbers so that the giant corporations send them slightly larger checks. Or, bypass the middleman and just buy it for when the internet fails and the only music we have is the stuff we downloaded! Get so much more info on their web site!Calum Barclay continues to do killer work in the role of Calvin—find out more about him here and here. And we’re thrilled to welcome back to the podcast Alastair James Murden playing the role of Jack! Check out Alastair’s website,! Looks like my only outside cultural reference this week is “Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me” by TISM, which is definitely worth 4 minutes of your time. Well, 3 minutes and

  • Episode 5 - The Return

    Episode 5 - The Return

    07/12/2018 Duración: 57min

    Are you guys getting whiplash yet? I am, and I already know what happens! This episode is chock full of anxiety, posturing, charming texts and echoing silences. Doesn’t that sound like fun?You know what is fun: TONGUES.! If you haven’t checked them out yet, well—what are you waiting for? You can listen to their music on Spotify, Apple Music, or Amazon Music, and you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram!Again, big thanks to Calum Barclay for playing the role of Calvin! Definitely check out more of Calum’s work by clicking here and here.Another big thanks to Tara Brach for letting us to use clips of her podcast. The clip from this episode comes from the talk “My Religion is Kindness, Part 1.”The clip from Sex and the City comes not from the Season 4 finale, as I said in the episode, but from Season 4, Episode 6, which you can watch online at Amazon Prime.If for some reason you don’t already own “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music.Definitely give Laura Marling’s album,

  • Episode 4 - The Downs

    Episode 4 - The Downs

    30/11/2018 Duración: 01h18min

    Happy Friday, everyone! Or whatever day of the week you happen to be reading this on!So, first things first: this episode is heavy. For those of you who are friends with me, it might even be a bit hard, as I discuss some of my struggles with depression and suicidal ideation. For those of you who aren’t friends with me, it may still be hard, because these are tough topics!Suffice it to say, it’s important for me to state here for the record that I’m doing really well now, and that I’m taking care of myself, getting the help I need. If anyone has any specific questions for me, feel free to email me, and I’ll do what I can to answer them. Otherwise, I hope that by taking you on the journey I went on, you’ll understand a little bit how I ended up where I did. Before we get into the other episode things, a couple quick links: if you’re looking for mental health resources, visit the National Alliance for Mental Illness at And you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-82

  • Episode 3 - The Highlands

    Episode 3 - The Highlands

    23/11/2018 Duración: 54min

    For those of you who are listening as these are released, Happy Thanksgiving! For those of you who are just finding this podcast weeks/months/years after it was released… uh, Happy Thanksgiving!This episode has a lot of stuff going on! As always, I continue to be utterly delighted having TONGUES. providing the music for Serial Dater UK… make sure you check out their music and find out more info at Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music, and on the web at You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!A big thanks to Calum Barclay who played the role of Calvin! You can find out more about Calum and his work here and here. Also, thanks to Alastair James Murden for voicing Paul, and to Matthew Hall for voicing Robbie. You can (and should) absolutely watch the entirety of Eddie Izzard’s Dressed to Kill special, which you can buy on iTunes, Amazon, and a lot of other places.This episode’s credits music is “If You Find Yourself Caught In Love” by Belle and Sebastian from their re

  • Episode 2 - The Firestarter

    Episode 2 - The Firestarter

    16/11/2018 Duración: 01h05min

    Has it only been a week since Episode 1 came out? I feel like it’s been at least a year. But hey! At least I’m not blowing the schedule yet! That’s very exciting!In this episode, we repeat our too-many-dates-in-one-week past, get a little hot under the collar, and have to ask the existential question—is this even a date?A bunch of extra thanks and nods here: first up, thanks to Alastair James Murden who played the roles of Sam, Tim and Joey. You can learn more about him at his web site. Major props also to Matthew Hall, who voiced Robbie—find more of Matthew’s work by clicking here.Thanks again to TONGUES. whose tunes continue to rock our world. Make sure you give them a listen without me yammering over their awesomeness: you can find their stuff at Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music, and on the web at If for some reason you haven’t seen Sister Act 1 or 2, they’re both available on Hulu, as is Die Hard 1, which is arguably the greatest Christmas movie of all time. Die Hard 2: Die Har

  • Episode 1 - The Newbie

    Episode 1 - The Newbie

    09/11/2018 Duración: 01h13min

    Hey Everyone! What?! We’re back! Just like Beyoncé, I’m dropping the first episode without a lick of publicity. That’s how this works, right? Anyway, for those of you who stayed subscribed to the podcast or forgot to unfollow us on Facebook or Twitter (hmm, maybe not having posted in two years is finally paying off), hi!As you may have gathered, this season of Serial Dater is going to be about my year of dating in the UK! And I have so many people to thank!First, big shout-out to our new music partner, TONGUES., a Glasgow-based band who have agreed to lend their tunes to this season. You can check them out at, and you can find their stuff on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music.Big thanks to Sam Ford, who performed the voice of Kieron. You can find more of his work here!“Rule Britannia” performed (ironically?) by the United States Army Strings, and made available on Wikimedia Commons. You can find the recording here.You can read Blythe Roberson’s essay “Fulbright Proposal for Getting Aw

  • Episode 6 - The Parting Glass

    Episode 6 - The Parting Glass

    29/04/2015 Duración: 58min

    Hi Everyone! OMG it's the last episode! In this episode we move to Florida and go to Rehab, investigate ourselves, and learn a lot about zippers. You can find Kyle Munzenrieder's hilarious description of the "The Ten Distinct States That Make Up Florida" in the Miami New Times by clicking here.If you've enjoyed the podcast, you can support us in the following ways!1) Consider joining or donating to the National Marrow Donor Program at We should note that, right now, gay men (i.e., men who have had sex with other men in the last five years) are ineligible to join the registry. If you'd like to see this policy changed, you can sign the petition at 2) Please support the musicians who generously donated their music to the podcast! You can find PROM DATE's album, Portraits at Also, if you are in Chicago on 5/1 or Memphis on 5/3, make sure you catch Prom Date on Tour this week! Head to their web

  • Episode 5 - Matt

    Episode 5 - Matt

    22/04/2015 Duración: 35min

    Hey peeps! Episode 5 is here! In this episode we get in touch with our inner moron, get into the semiotic weeds, fly on eight different airplanes and accidentally do a Dan Savage impression! Also, our Music Besties PROM DATE are still on tour! Make sure you check their Facebook page for dates and updates.And, if you haven't secured your tickets to 2SCOOPS (i.e., voice-of-the-dates, Adam Enright) at Joe's Pub, then, we don't even know what you're doing with your life.As always, if you can, any sharing/liking on Facebook, following/retweeting on Twitter, liking/reblogging on Tumblr, it GIVES US STRENGTH! Plus we hear it's good for your skin. Oh, and leaving a rating and review on iTunes or Stitcher will make your hair shinier.  

  • Episode 4 - The Texter

    Episode 4 - The Texter

    15/04/2015 Duración: 30min

    Hi everyone! Welcome back to SERIAL DATER for Episode 4! In this episode, we wax philosophic about communication, talk about how texting has affected dating, get inundated with text messages, and see a celebrity! At least, as someone who is a liberal minded thirty-year-old, we consider him a celebrity.A couple of announcements! If you've been enjoying the music heard on SERIAL DATER, you should definitely check out the amazing people who are behind it, the synthpop collective PROM DATE. And if you're in the Midwest/South, they're going on a huge tour this spring! Definitely go and check them out—they are the definition of rad!Also, friend of the podcast and voice of the dates, Adam Enright, will be performing in NYC in June as part of 2SCOOPS, the recently reunited, entirely fictional 90's R&B Girl Group. You should follow them on Twitter and grab a ticket to their show at Joe's Pub. They are amazing! To read more hilarious interpretations of text messages, check out Katie Heaney's "Between The Texts

  • Episode 3 - Argyle

    Episode 3 - Argyle

    08/04/2015 Duración: 33min

    Hey everybody! So glad to see you again! Unless this is your first time... I still feel like you should start with Episode 1, but you know what, I'm not going to tell you how to live your life. You do you.So, Episode 3... Argyle. Oof. In this episode we talk about what makes for a bad date, some of our friends share their own dating war stories, we go on a short (but focused) rant about why writing is hard, and get love-shoved. As always, if you're a fan (even if you listen by coming to this web site and streaming or downloading the podcast) we'd super appreciate it if you'd take a few seconds to subscribe and/or leave a rating and review on iTunes and/or Stitcher. If you still have a few extra seconds and want to like our Facebook Page, follow and re-tweet us on Twitter, or do any other social media good-will, we will love you forever! For more information on Jennine Capó Crucet (my writing prof from this episode), check out her web site,, and you can pre-order her upc

  • Episode 2 - The Pilot

    Episode 2 - The Pilot

    01/04/2015 Duración: 28min

    Welcome back, friends! If you're new, go listen to Episode 1 first, which is right underneath this post. Don't worry. We'll wait.Okay, everyone up to speed? Great. It's time for episode 2: The Pilot! In this episode, we get into how important the other person's job is when it comes to dating, the definition of "rat-a-tat," and why "good on paper" guys get such a tough rap. It's going to be fun!If you're enjoying the podcast and want to help us out, make sure you subscribe and leave a review on iTunes, go like our Facebook Page, and share, tweet or post about it to all your podcast-starved friends!Also, you can now find Serial Dater on Stitcher! You can also subscribe and leave reviews there.Thank you all so much for your support, and I hope you enjoy episode 2!!!

  • Episode 1 - Bow Tie

    Episode 1 - Bow Tie

    25/03/2015 Duración: 29min

    In the Spring of 2011, fueled by a mixture of imminent-grad-school induced senioritis and a therapist-encouraged carpe diem, I sort of accidentally went on five first dates in seven days. Join me as I take you on a journey through the highs and lows—okay, let's be honest, largely lows—of modern dating. This is SERIAL DATER.You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes! Click here! Here is the goodbye scale I mentioned in Episode 1 - Bow Tie! You can find more info on the "poet named Vince"—Vincent Guerra—at