Stuff We Like: An Interview with Adam Langlois of Hello Let’s Date (and stand up)

935141_4961116505854_365446122_n

Stuff We Like: An Interview with Adam Langlois of Hello Let’s Date (and stand up)

by Christa Weiss






Internet stardom. It a weird thing. Sometimes it seems totally random, other times it’s the result of hard work and good joke writing. (The rest of the time its some d-list celebrity banging some other d-list celebrity, but you’ll have to go to some other site for that.) What creates an internet phenomenon is hard to pin down. So when our friend and fellow stand-up Adam Langlois’ blog, Hello Let’s Date went viral we decided to find out just what internet fame is all about.

How did you get the idea for Hello Lets Date?

A few of my friends and I downloaded Tinder a couple years ago; I’m not even really sure why. I know I didn’t plan on actually meeting anyone. I guess it just seemed kinda silly and fun. It quickly turned into a game to see who could get the funniest screenshot. I ended up compiling a ton of them over a few months. It really appealed to my love for writing bizarre jokes.

 

I started doing a bit on stage where I’d rail off a few of the opening lines I had used on Tinder. Most of them are ones that are on the site now. I didn’t expect it to go anywhere, but it quickly became my strongest bit. I was only about three or four months into stand up at the time, so having a bit that consistently did well was huge. I kept trying to churn out new screenshots to make my friends laugh and to add to the stand up bit. Eventually someone suggested that I throw them on a blog, so I did.
 

HLDWere you surprised with how it took off so quickly?

Sure, but only because I didn’t REALLY expect it to take off at all. I had bought the URL (twelve dollars!) because I knew there was always the chance, but really I was just trying to make my friends laugh. Also, it didn’t take off THAT quickly. I had been adding to the blog four or five days a week for about four months before anyone besides my friends saw it. Maybe that’s quick? I dunno.
 

Has it changed the way you write standup?

I don’t think having the site has changed it, but the success of that first bit with lines from now-HLD posts showed me that other people appreciate that kind of strange, surreal humor. I suppose the positive reaction to the site serves as a reminder that I shouldn’t shy away from the weirder joke ideas.
 






Some internet famous people are giant douchebags. In my experience, you are not a giant douchebag. This is confusing to me. Why are you not a dick?

Wait, who are you again? Why am I wasting my time answering these questions? I better be getting paid a lot for this.

 

Seriously though, thanks for thinking that! You’re pretty great, too. People should be nice to each other. That’s it. Maybe I’m not internet famous enough yet to really throw it in peoples’ faces.
 

Comics can be shitty. How has becoming internet famous changed your interactions with fellow comics/comedy people?

People have been really great! I’ve heard a lot of kind, supportive things from people I really respect, so that’s been super cool. I get a lot of balls-busting from my closest comedy friends, but that’s just because they’re talentless hacks consumed by jealousy. Maybe you should have waited to ask the question before this one?

 

I’m sure there’s probably some local comics that think what I’m doing is total garbage. If there are, they’ve been nice enough to not say anything. I’ve had some negative feedback online, but that’s to be expected. A Buzzfeed writer told me I should be arrested for being so offensively unfunny. Then a month later they featured my site in one of their articles.

 

It hasn’t REALLY changed the way I interact with comedians. Sometimes I’ll get a “OH YOU’RE THE GUY FROM THAT THING” when I meet other comics for the first time.
 

You seem like you sort of hate Hello Lets Date. Why is that?

Ha! I don’t hate it! I think it might come off like that because I can’t stand being self-promotional. I also don’t LOVE the idea of being known for a blog instead of the thing I spend all my time on (stand up), but I’ll take what I can get.

 

I just read that back and it sounds whiney. I’m a real piece of garbage. Okay, here, for the record- I am crazy excited and ecstatic at the success of HLD. I feel super fortunate that its reached so many people.
 

Have your experiences with INTERNET STARDOM been largely positive or negative?

The only negative thing is trying to find room on my yacht to fit all the super models and champagne.
 

The internet is a terrible place filled with awful people. What’s you’re best internet crazy person story?

There’s no one story that sticks out, but I’ve had a HUGE number of girls (and some guys) tweet that they want to date/marry/other me. Their infatuation is based on tinder screenshots. They don’t know what I look like; for all they know I’m an 80 year old obese man that hasn’t left his basement in decades. So that’s kind of crazy to me.
 

The internet is also filled with idiots who plagiarize everything. Has this happened to you?

Yeah, this is something that I was struggling with for a while that I’ve recently come to terms with. My friend Thom Crowley (Boston comic) helped me put a watermark on each post after the site started blowing up, but people have even found ways to cut that off the posts. There have been a lot of copy cats (I know I wasn’t the first to do this sort of thing, but these people went out of their way to make theirs look identical to mine), which has been mostly flattering but occasionally frustrating.

 

I try not to let it bother me anymore. I’m not interested in policing the internet for thieves. I try to have faith that nobody else can do exactly what I’m doing, so if I keep churning out content it’ll all eventually point back to me.

———————————————————————————————————————————

Adam and fellow comics John Baglio, and Kevin Seefried run a fantastic comedy show, the Mendoza Line at every Saturday at 9pm located at the Dugout in Boston. For more info, go to our Boston/New England Comedy Shows page or find the direct link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bogart-la-presents-the-mendoza-line-boston-alt-comedy-showcase-tickets-9919840510

Fun fact: The Mendoza Line was voted Best Live Comedy by Boston A-list for 2014!
 
Visit Adam’s site at www.helloletsdate.com!


Christa Weiss

Christa Weiss is the editor & web mistress at UnSceneComedy.com. Christa performed in the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival and was the February 2014 Comic in Residence at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA. She participated in the inaugural Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, the Women in Comedy Festival, the She Dot Comedy Festival, the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, the Cleveland Comedy Festival and is a featured performer on Rooftop Comedy. She produces Broad Appeal Comedy Night, a female-focused comedy show in Boston. She also appears in commercials for the New England Sports Network (NESN).