“How We First Met”

A story in today’s Chron gave me an idea. First, the story:

Jill Bourque, originator of the improv theater experience “How We First Met,” has heard dozens of stories of how people met their significant others. . . .

“I didn’t think I would still want to do it, but the way people meet is so different. There are so many nuances, so many stops and starts,” she says, reflecting on the fact that she’s been hosting the show for five years. Her show premiered at BATS Improv in the Marina and has since been performed at the Actor’s Theater, the Velvet Lounge and, this year, at the famed Purple Onion in North Beach. . . . .

The way “How We First Met” works is this: A couple are selected at the beginning of the show by an audience vote to tell their story. As Bourque interviews them onstage, a team of improv actors listens and jumps in to enact their tale, complete with songs, costumes — whatever it takes.
“How We First Met,” 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Ave., S.F. $20. With prix fixe dinner, $79.25. Through Feb. 25. (415) 956-1653. www.purpleonioncomedy.com

And now for the idea, which you likely saw coming from a mile off: How We Met stories can be a lot of fun. So in the spirit of the holiday – some people’s favorite, some people’s least favorite – use the comments section below to share How You Met – your husband, wife, significant other, best friend, dog, hair stylist, etc – tell us about how you met whomever it is who gave you your best How We Met story. Everyone can vote on their favorite and the winner will get . . . .the satisfaction of a story well told.

1 Comment so far

  1. sandra (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 9:21 am

    I met an old boyfriend of mine in a fairly typical way — at the bar. The more unusual part? I’d kind of been eyeing him all night and couldn’t figure out how to talk to him…until I noticed that he appeared to be singing the song from the jukebox (“Holiday” — the Madonna version) under his breath. And then…

    Me: Hey, are you a closet Madonna fan?

    Him: You’re American — are you in therapy?

    Me: You’re Scottish — do you prefer heroin or sheep?

    Him: (laughing) I like you.

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