New Vancouver-based comedy web series tackles online dating

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      If the online dating pool is like an ocean, then the waters are polluted and filled with creepy fish. It seems easy to pull in a "clown fish", but to grab a healthy "marlin" is difficult. How does one navigate the waters? Humour is a good start.

       Edmonton-born and Vancouver-based filmmaker Brianne Nord-Stewart is doing just that with a web series The Dangers of Online Dating. Nord-Stewart has created, directed, and produced two seasons of the series. The series is set to launch on her Youtube channel on November 23, with episodes released each week following the launch.

      The Dangers of Online Dating is about a sexual health nurse, Paula (Paula Burrows; Motive, The Killing), with a fear of casual sex consequences, who delves into the world of online dating after a year of sexual abstinence. With the help of her roommate Molly (Stacy Mahieux; Complexity), Paula finds a slew of seemingly respectable men to join her for new adventures. Alexandre (Byron Noble; Fargo), Paula’s very particular best friend, is the voice of reason, pushing her closer to the kinky and farther from the average dating rules.

      “It’s probably unfortunate for most viewers that the reason this show resonates is because it reminds them of their own online dating fails,” Brianne says . “But it’s also a stellar selling point. I’ve been talking about The Dangers of Online Dating for over five years and I’m stoked that everyone will finally be able to watch it.”

      To commemorate the launch of the series, there will be a party and screening of both seasons at the Penthouse Nightclub (1019 Seymour Street) on November 23 at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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