While the nerd daters chat, the organizers bicker like old friends. Schwimmer, dressed in a crisp white dress shirt, slacks, tie, and Space Invaders socks, has an esoteric conversation about the difference between an X-wing and a B-wing in the Star Wars universe.
The daters have been given slips on which to write their alter egos, real names, and contact information. When everyone has had a chance to talk to every potential date, Schwimmer asks the daters to approach two tables and place their contact slip in the envelope of anyone they'd like to see again. Schwimmer interrupts the chatter to have people weigh in on whether Iron Man and Captain America are A-list superheroes.
"It was less awkward than I thought it would be," Smith says afterward. "I didn't go into it expecting much. It felt friendly. I'd do it again."
A man who asks to be identified only by his alter ego, "Martian Manhunter," says the "nerd" topics were a good icebreaker. However, he wished he had had more time to talk.
"I feel like a lot of conversations got cut off just when we were getting started," he says. "But if I had a minute more, I probably would have wanted another minute."