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Watch Live Tonight! DateCam: Bianca And James

Ever wanted to see how other people act on blind dates? Well, tonight is your chance. We're sending two twenty-something New Yorkers on a blind date, and livestreaming the entire thing on the Internet, so you can watch (and chat!) along at home.

Tune In Monday, September 19th at 8:00 p.m. As We Broadcast Bianca and James' Date, Live!

The Date Details


Who: Bianca Caampued and James Sobol

When: Monday, September 19th at 8:00 pm.

The Date: "How Hookup... sample whiskey cocktails at White Star on Essex Street."

Featuring live commentary by: Mallory Blair ("Her Best Friend"), Nick and Sam Corey ("His Best Friends"), Rick Webb ("Her Mentor"), Lauren Leto and Patrick Moberg of Bnter, commenting on the first date banter, and Thomas Edwards, The Professional Wingman, weighing in on body language.

The Drinking Game


If you're a guy -- drink when James drinks.

If you're a girl -- drink when Bianca drinks.

When they, inevitably, talk about work -- take a sip if you like your job, take two if you don't.

When they, inevitably, talk about where they grew up -- take a sip and fist pump when Bianca says "Jersey", and a nondescript sip of beer when James says "Connecticut."

When they, inevitably, talk about what schools they went to -- chug like you did when you were in college.

If they discover they have a friend in common -- say the friend’s name out loud and drink to them, “Bill Brasky” style.

If either one asks “How many brothers and sisters do you have?” drink for as many seconds as they each have siblings.

If either one asks “So... What do you do for fun?” -- take a big gulp.

If they discover a common interest -- say “Common Interest!” then cheers your neighbor and take a drink.

If there’s an awkward silence -- look at the floor and drink until it’s over.

If they move in a little closer to each other -- everybody say “ooooooooo!” and drink.

If either of them addresses someone in the audience directly -- say “Hi, (Person’s Name)!” then drink

If they talk about sex at all -- everybody make the “bow-chikka-wown-wow” porn music noise and drink.

If either of them checks/plays with their phone -- tweet "PUT THE PHONE DOWN @HowHookup #datecam" and drink.

If either of them mentions Facebook -- change your status to "I'm watching the HowHookup DateCam livestreamed blind date...and they're talking about Facebook right now" raise your glasses "To Mark Zuckerberg!"

If either of them mentions Twitter -- tweet "BOTTOMS UP @HowHookup #datecam" and drink heartily.

If Bianca mentions Bnter -- Bnter whatever she said immediately, then drink.

If either of them mentions Ryan Gosling -- say "Hey girl," and take a sip.

If Ryan Gosling actually comes into the bar and stops an argument between the couple -- drink your entire drink, and buy him one.

Read our pre-date interview with Bianca here
Read our pre-date interview with James here

Meet Bianca



Where are you from?
Originally from the Philippines, but grew up in South Jersey. There. Glad we covered that. The first question anyone ever asks me is if I'm Filipino. Now we can stop talking about it.

What was your first date like?
Like, date date? I can't remember first date ever. I do however remember the first date I had with my first actual serious boyfriend. It involved going to a coffee shop, then going to the beach at night and talking while watching the waves ... also there may have been a lot George Michael playing in the car, from his "For the Heart" compilation album. So cheesy, but my HS self was SO into it.

What was the best date you've ever been on?
I once spent an entire day at the Natural History Museum dancing around... that was the best day of my life, and I guess since my bf at the time took me that would qualify as a date?

How do you feel about dating "on camera?"
Well, I like dating and I like cameras, so I think this is probably a win/win kind of thing. Also, it saves me the trouble of giving my friends the "date report" the next day. Also, I've always been curious myself as to what I'm like on a date.

Who is going to be watching the date and commenting on your behalf?
Mallory Blair who is my Small Girls PR business partner and also my "girlfriend," because we are practically dating. We spend every waking minute together. She's the last person I text at night and I'm the first person she calls in the morning. Mallory usually gets ALL the deets about all the boys and all the dates I've been on. She's also been a witness to dates I've had IRL.

Rick Webb is one of my favorite people. I chat with him about a multitude of things -- business related, life related, boy related. I sometimes like to refer to him as my 'mentor.'

I'm actually also REALLY excited that Bnter is commenting on the date. Also, Lauren [Leto] and Pmo [Patrick Moberg] work out of the same co-working space as me. So they too have heard many a dating story. Now they get to be a part of one.

What's your pre-date ritual?
I excitedly talk to Mallory about the date all day before the date, and incessantly go through pictures of boy I'm going on said date with, on the internet. For the most part the date is probably with a musician, so watching music videos all day of boy I'm going on said date with's band is also generally involved. Music Videos > Photos, IMO.

Meet James


Where are you from?
Meriden, Connecticut

Tell us your life story in 5 sentences or less:
An unskilled wood worker trapped in a designers body. Should be living in Vermont or at least in the woods. Have a niece named Sailor and a dog named Scarlett. Purveyor of varsity jackets/vests/sweaters/etc. Nice hair, tattoos.

What was your first date like?
It was a 5th grade movie date (can't remember the movie). The girl's dad sat two rows behind us and I think we said about 10 words in total to each other.

What was the best date you've ever been on?
A Day trip to Salem, MA on November 1st (All Saint's Day).

How do you feel about dating "on camera?"
Honestly, I feel a little awkward about it, but I guess it's nice to be out of your comfort zone once and a while.

What makes you a good date?
That I don't brag about myself.

What's your pre-date ritual?
Shower, get dressed, listen to good music, think about WWRGD.*

*What Would Ryan Gosling Do, in case you didn't know.

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