“Amelia never expressed interest in having a normal job,” said Zoe, 26, who shares a two-bedroom apartment with her sister. “In the first place, it was always just high-level ambition.”
As usual with kids growing up to be comedians, fame eluded her until she discovered she was a comedian. Zoe recalls that her sister was humorously dressed as a “suit of armor, especially on teenage boys, who can be pretty horrible.” But Dimoldenberg emphasizes that the preference for making people laugh is more strategic than self-preserving. “I was looking at a great group at school and trying to figure out how to get invited to their parties. It would never happen naturally, so I made it happen. That’s what I’m doing now with my career.”
That’s also what she’s been doing with her love life. Of course, these dates aren’t real, but Ms. Dimoldenberg said she believes she will, or at least can, meet her future husband through the program. In that way, “Chicken Shop Date” is a lie that is also true.
“My date with Amelia was really the first date I ever went on, believe it or not,” said comedian Arnold Jorge, who filmed with Miss Dimoldenberg in 2016 at the Spicy Grill ‘N’ Fried in Bethnal Green, said. “And where better to do it than at a random chicken shop in East London?”
Jahmek Power, an artist popularly known as the rap Jammer, described Miss Dimoldenberg as “one in a million” and recalled that their date, at Vallance Grill & PFC in 2015, felt see “sensational interaction”. M Huncho, a rapper who wears a mask in public to protect his identity, described his meeting with Miss Dimoldenberg at Kasey’s Chicken in 2019 as “awkward”.
“There is no word that fits it better than that,” he said.
Usually, dates don’t go well, that’s the bottom line. In turning herself for our sake into someone who looks out of place in her own skin, she hit a nerve. The way she comes across on camera is an exaggeration of who she really is, and perhaps a reflection of how she sees herself, rather than a character. In an age of super social media management, where we just share what we want others to see and double-tap – and even then, through a host of selfie filters and effects – In one way or another, we all predict ourselves. For Dimoldenberg, drawing attention to that sham is a vulnerable, if not challenging, act. And that’s the secret sauce of the show.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/26/style/chicken-shop-date-amelia-dimoldenberg.html Amelia Dimoldenberg Is Looking For Love In ‘Chicken Shop Date’