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My self-summary
I used to think of myself as a spaz, hence the username, but I'm not nearly as awkward as I pretend to be. I guess I like that little buffer of self-deprecation. (I'm trying to get by on my neurotic Jew charm—work with me here.)

I've been back and forth between LA and NYC for the past few years, but now I'm officially settled on the East Coast. I live in Hell's Kitchen and sleep on two twin beds pushed together, but I bought a bed converter and it's honestly way more comfortable than you'd think.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a Senior Entertainment Editor at BuzzFeed News. I write about theater, which means I see a fucking lot of it. (Feel free to use me for my plus-ones!) I also cover TV and film and anything else my editor lets me write about, really. It would make me happy if you read my stuff. Feel free to lie and say you did; I'll never know the difference.

Every once in a while, I get on stage and tell a story. Sometimes people laugh, and it's kind of the best.
I’m really good at
finding the subtext in everything. Also, making out.
The first things people usually notice about me
my winning smile. Unless I'm scowling. Then my scowl, probs.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Look, I'm bad at favorites. If you're really curious about the stuff I dig, check out my articles at BuzzFeed. (Shameless plug! But seriously, I write about the things I love.) Briefly—

BOOKS: In college I read and loved Faulkner. Since then, not so much. Lately I pretty much exclusively listen to audiobooks, and I refuse to be shamed for that. I like nonfiction, because it makes me feel like I'm back in school in a fun way. I'm also fond of collections of personal essays, because who isn't.

MOVIES: My favorite movie of all time is Valley of the Dolls, and that should tell you everything you need to know. My taste ranges from trash (anything in the Denise Richards oeuvre) to, like, legitimately good movies. Honestly, I don't see much during the year, until December when I get screeners and watch the shit out of them.

SHOWS: I watch a lot of TV. Too much, really. Even listing it all is exhausting. It's largely for work, but also because I started too many shows and now feel a terrible compulsion to see them through. Off the top of my head, faves include You're the Worst, Mr. Robot, Unreal, Penny Dreadful, Bates Motel, and most Housewives.

MUSIC: Sondheim is the only deity I truly worship. Bill Finn makes me cry on a regular basis. I do listen to music that isn't showtunes, but less so now that I don't have a radio. (R.I.P. my car, which didn't die, but I sold it so it's dead to me.) Carly Rae Jepsen is probably my favorite pop star, and I would absolutely write a jukebox musical for her.

FOOD: I'm not all that picky, but sushi is my favorite and I will most likely die of mercury poisoning.
Six things I could never do without
Twitter, mouth stuff, my Audible account, my Golden Girls DVDs, ginger ale, and musical theater.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
every embarrassing thing I've ever done.

Also: how different my life would be if my dad loved sports instead of Barbra Streisand. Honestly, thank god things worked out the way they did.

Also: your junk. ;-)
On a typical Friday night I am
at the theater. Be my date! I like holding hands, but it's not a requirement.

In terms of other social activities, I prefer one-on-one encounters to large parties, though the latter can be fun if I'm feeling sufficiently social. From time to time, I like hosting friendly get-togethers at bars. Watching a movie under a blanket is pretty wonderful, as long as it's the right movie and the right person and the right blanket.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Oh, loads of things! I tend to overshare a lot. Follow me on Twitter for all sorts of thoughts I should not be sharing with anyone I want to date: @LouisPeitzman.

Another potentially embarrassing admission is that a huge percentage of my friends are people I met on Twitter. I imagine some people would consider that a character flaw, but I'm happy to surround myself with sharp, funny, talented people.

On an unrelated note, I wish "Looking For" had a "Casual making out/cuddling" option, because I'd be all over that.
You should message me if
you think I'm cute and funny, or ideally, both. You're creative, grounded, kind, and awkwardly handsome (or handsomely awkward). You're not an asshole. You appreciate theater, and you'd like to see more of it. You can make me laugh. You kiss on the first date, and you're really good. You don't mind that I've mentioned mouth stuff a few times on this profile. You follow me on Twitter, but you're not holding that against me.
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