The live dating show Let's Make a Date isn't suitable for TV — not that creator Matt Clemens hopes to invade your living room. "It's the easiest it has ever been to sit at home and do nothing. I definitely wanted to do something that gets people out, that involves the crowd," he says.
Hosted by Clemens, alongside burlesque bombshell Desiree DeCarlo and gold lame-clad booth announcer Jeff Oskay, the White Rabbit's newest house show features risqué repartee, games and audience participation.
Volunteers are invited to play games like "Name That Tune," "Finish the Lyrics" and "Face the Cookie" (you'll have to show up to learn more about that one) to win a spot on the couch. Once there, they have the chance to correctly answer the bachelor or bachelorette's questions and thereby win her good graces (and/or a date).
The bachelor and bachelorette are picked by Clemens prior to the show. They fill out questionnaires, allowing the audience to learn a little about them. Still, true matchmaking proves a little difficult in the midst of crowd-fueled debauchery and intemperance.
Clemens had the idea for the show when he was single. "We're all going out to find someone, if you are single, and I thought, why not make a show out of it," he says. "It sounds cheesy — and I don't know if it's going to happen; the show is still evolving — but I would love it if this became a legitimate venue to find somebody."
Like any good game show, Let's Make a Date awards prizes (some consolatory) to all participants. Contestants get a free beer, and the winning couple receives a prize pack with gift certificates for Fountain Square hotspots like Bluebeard and New Day Meadery and the adult accessories store and title sponsor Lover's Lane.
Clemens credits the popularity of the show to the White Rabbit, which may well be the sexiest nightclub in Indy not owned by some dude named Brad. "They're doing shows that you are not going to find anywhere else," he says. "And I didn't really want to do it anywhere else. I just pictured it there."
The unexpected treat of the show comes during intermission, before a second half that finds a bachelor replacing the bachelorette as the object of desire. While attendees stretch their legs, Clemens screens a fictional account of what happened to contestants on previous shows. The videos are hilarious, and you won't see them anywhere else.
"People ask me to tape the show and put it on YouTube but I haven't," says Clemens. "I want you to have to come see it. I want you to be there, be a part of it — live."