Niagara Gazette — Just about everyone’s got a horror story to tell about a first date gone wrong. Boring conversation? Sure. Horrible food? Absolutely. Running into an ex or a nemesis? Uh huh.
City of Tonawanda resident Bryan Patrick Stoyle is chronicling the worst, and funniest, fictional bad date experiences in his web series “Failed First Dates.” And the season finale is set to launch on video hosting website YouTube Friday, just in time for the most romantic day of the year.
“I’m entertained by the whole dating notion,” Stoyle said. “I think it’s funny how everyone has a bad date story of their own. In any way a date can go bad, people have been sharing their experiences. It’s been fun exploring the pageantry and preparation we put ourselves through.”
Once complete, the show will feature 11 episodes focused on the dating life of main character Jon Paul Stevens (Stoyle). Each week, viewers meet a new potential partner for the story’s hero only to have something get in the way.
Stoyle said the scripts drew from some of his own experiences, but not any actual dates. Instead, inspiration came from a conversation he witnessed between two strangers while he sat at a coffee shop writing an unrelated project. The awkward exchange that afternoon, he said, made him think about his own conversations with women and how humor could be found in watching two people fail to connect.
“The title kind of sells itself,” he said. “Viewers have a pretty good idea what they’re walking into.”
Two aspects, he said, which shaped the production, were acting and setting. Talent, Stoyle added, came from both film and theater actors in the Buffalo area. It’s a mix, he said, that lends itself to variety other webseries exploring the same topic might not have.