Lane Moore

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Lane Moore is an American stand-up comedian, writer, director, actor, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in New York, New York. Paste named her Twitter one of the "The 75 Best Twitter Accounts of 2014", and "The 75 Best Twitter Accounts of 2015", ranking it at #19.[1][2] BUST Magazine called Moore one of 10 Funny Ladies You Need To Be Watching[3] and Brooklyn Magazine called Moore one of the 50 Funniest People In Brooklyn.[4] Bust magazine named her band It Was Romance The Best Band Of 2015.[5]


She is a former writer for The Onion and The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information[6][7][8][9] and regularly contributes to The New Yorker [10] and McSweeney's.[11]

Brooklyn Based said Moore's comedy "deftly highlights the absurdity of everyday life, with just the right touch of self-deprecation," and addressed her multiple careers, saying, "Moore has, by her own count, "like 35 careers," and is jealousy-inducingly good at all of them." [12] Vogue also praised Moore for being a polymath, calling her a "jack of all trades.".[13]

Moore was previously the Sex & Relationships Editor for Cosmopolitan,[14][15] where she was the driving force in making the site LGBTQ inclusive, which lead to her winning a GLAAD Media Award in 2016.[16][17] Moore was also listed as one of Pride's 67 Young Queer People Who Are Changing The World, saying, "Lane Moore is creating queer visibility in Cosmopolitan and in an industry that are too often heteronormative in their representation. It's also awesome that Lane is funny as hell." [18] Moore has also written for GQ, Elle, Esquire, Marie Claire, Seventeen, and Ms. Magazine.

In 2011, she published a comic book based on her experiences in Los Angeles called Smarty Pants that is sold throughout the United States and Canada and was featured at Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco.[19]

In late 2015, Moore created popular blog Male Feminists of Tinder [20]'[21][22] which was immediately praised by numerous outlets, including New York Magazine who called it "brilliant...a perfect snapshot of a particular, awkward moment in culture and technology,"[23] Paper Magazine called it "the best Tumblr ever",[24] BuzzFeed called it "a gift,"[25] and Cosmopolitan called it "hilarious...drop-dead funny." [26]

Tinder Live[edit]

Moore is the creator and host of Tinder Live,[27][28][29] a live improvised comedy show in New York City[30][31][32] where she goes on the popular dating app Tinder (application) and interacts with Tinder matches in real time.[28][33] During the show, Moore projects Tinder profiles in front of an audience and panelists help her dissect profiles before swiping left (no) or right (yes).[34]

Moore's comedy show was called Best In Indie Comedy by The Village Voice,[35] saying "Tinder Live With Lane Moore is a gonzo romance extravaganza...with a treasure trove of ridiculous tips, tricks, and swipe etiquette...It's a ridiculously good time and restores your faith in digital hook-up culture." and Time Out, said "We love comedian Lane Moore's show, Tinder Live, where she fires up her Tinder account and lets audience members help choose who to swipe right on and what to say to them—sometimes she even calls them and tries to get them to come to the theater! The show is always a hilarious time." [33][36] said "smart and hilarious writer/comedian Lane Moore's comedy show...has all the addictive, fun qualities of a television game show. One of her show’s segments include going through Tinder profiles with the audience to come to a vote on whether to swipe left or right. This could be this generation’s version of The Dating Game." [37] Brooklyn Magazine said of Tinder Live, "With clear eyes and a skeptical heart, Lane Moore delivers the gift that is Tinder Live!, which should help any of us who have submitted to using the app (or, as Moore calls it, "Where sadness goes to fuck") feel immeasurably better about it." [4]

The New York Times has listed it as one of the best comedy shows in NYC.

Tinder Live has been praised for its positivity, with Vice (magazine) saying, "Moore expertly steered the crowd from mean-heartedness to substance with each match." [38] Brooklyn Based similarly said, "In anyone else’s hands this show could feel mean-spirited, or perhaps like an invasion of privacy, but Moore makes it cathartic, a bracing comedic espresso shot." [39][40] CBS called it one of the five best comedy shows in NYC and Brightest Young Things called it "the greatest show on earth."[41]

New York Magazine listed it as one of the best comedy shows, saying, "With enviable bravery, host Lane Moore utilizes Tinder to find herself a date...hilariously assessing the worthiness of profiles." [42]CBS called it one of the five best comedy shows in NYC and Brightest Young Things called it "the greatest show on earth."[43]

Vulture listed Tinder Live! in a guide to the best NYC comedy shows along with legendary shows like Assscat 3000, Whiplash, and the Comedy Cellar.[44]


Lane Moore guest-starred on Season 5 of Girls (TV series) and The New York Times called her performance on the show "one of my favorite moments of this season," calling Moore, "wonderful."[45]

She is also a regular commentator on VH1 talking head shows [46] and previously hosted a man-on-the-street comedy series for truTV.[47]

Gold Stars[edit]

Lane debuted comedy web series Gold Stars, which Lane created, wrote, directed, stars in, produced and created original music for, on YouTube in 2014.[48] The show follows two low income, freelancing women in their 20s navigating gender identity, feminism, Craigslist jobs, and sexuality in New York City.

The show received positive reviews from After Ellen,[49] Autostraddle,[50] and Curve Magazine[51] where critic Amanda Guilford wrote that Gold Stars "brings to the screen an unlikely friendship that draws you in and makes you feel like you're watching your own life" and stated the web series "smacks of clever banter and amusing quips that shows two people making the best of situations in order to remain the people they want to be." Co-creator of MTV's Daria, Susie Lewis, endorsed the show saying "Warms my heart when young, talented women continue to create & write stories about strong females. Like. Follow."[52]

Music career[edit]

It Was Romance[edit]

Lane is a vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who performs under the stage name It Was Romance, which Oxygen describes as a "high-energy rock band."[53][54] Before it had even been released, Pitchfork listed her self-titled debut album as an album to watch[55] and Bust magazine called them the Best Band of 2015.[5] The Village Voice premiered their first single, "Philadelphia," on their website, calling the song "mysterious but undeniably attractive. It evokes feelings of loneliness with a danceable beat, not unlike a somber nighttime walk home on wet roads, with colorful, joyous city lights reflecting like a black mirror" and praising the album for its "glittering instrumental aspect and Moore's velvety vocal delivery make the rest of "It Was Romance" saunter around like the life of the party, occasionally winking just to make sure you're hooked."[56] BuzzFeed included their first single "Philadelphia" in their Songs You Need In Your Life This Summer [57] and Curve Magazine said the band can "kick some serious ass when it comes to tight lyrics."[58]

The band released a music video for the first single "Philadelphia" in June 2015. The video was directed by Moore and was an homage to the John Waters film Cry-Baby, with Moore playing Johnny Depp and Traci Lords.[59][60] The Advocate praised the video, calling it "awesomely creative...the video will have you singing all day."[61] Curve Magazine called the video "badass" saying it's "sure to leave its mark in your brain" and the video's John Waters-inspired feel would have "John Waters, himself, drooling all over." [58] Out Magazine praised the video for exhibiting "that riot grrrl, DIY aesthetic with a splash of humor. The song is a catchy tune that you'll want to add to your summer playlist." [62]

The music video for "Hooking Up With Girls" was released in late 2016 on the front page of Nylon (magazine).[63] The video is a shot-for-shot remake of Fiona Apple's "Criminal" music video. Moore starred in and directed the music video, and Nylon (magazine) praised her for going "above and beyond to recreate the iconic video, searching for similar houses and costumes. Spoiler alert: She even added ’90s MTV title cards."

The video was quickly picked up by numerous media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Vogue, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, VICE, BUST Magazine, Refinery 29, and The Onion's AV Club, who said of the video "when [Moore] sings directly to the camera, it seems like an overly intimate confession." New York Magazine praised Moore for the video, adding, "It’s that weirdness that makes Moore so charming, and maybe the best homage to "Criminal" is one where the artist is unapologetically herself." The New York Observer said, "The classic shots are all there: Lane and Fiona both writhe in satin camisoles, looking up at the camera with bright, tear-red eyes; cowering in a closet with hair in twin braids, singing from a bathtub between a partner’s legs; and in that iconic opening, pointing a camera at the audience: the voyeur becoming the viewed. [And] goddammit this song is catchy.".[64]


Moore won a 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage for her groundbreaking work at Cosmopolitan.[17][65] She was also nominated for a 2016 White House LGBT Champions of Change award.

Other work[edit]

She previously played with Luscious Jackson[54][66] and composed original music and the theme song for her web series Gold Stars.[67]


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  2. ^ Hongo, Hudson. "The 75 Best Twitter Accounts of 2015 :: Comedy :: Lists :: Paste". Paste. 
  3. ^ 10 Funny Ladies You Need To Be Watching Right Now
  4. ^ a b 'Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People: Lane Moore
  5. ^ a b Best Band Of 2015? We Think So | Listen To New Tracks By It Was Romance
  6. ^ "SplitSider". SplitSider.  Flipping the Ratio: Inside Boston's Women in Comedy Festival
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  11. ^ "McSweeney's: Lane Moore", McSweeney's.
  12. ^ Lane Moore makes Tinder hilarious
  13. ^ Musician Lane Moore Wants to Change the Way You Think About Gender
  14. ^ "Cosmopolitan: Lane Moore",
  15. ^ Cosmopolitan Welcomes Lane Moore
  16. ^ "2016 GLAAD Media Awards winners list 2016". EW. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Lane Moore is helping to queer "Cosmopolitan". After Ellen. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  18. ^ "67 Young Queer People Who Are Changing The World". Pride. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  19. ^ About Lane Moore at her official website
  20. ^ "Male Feminists Of Tinder", Tumblr
  21. ^ "Male Feminists of Tinder is exactly as bad as it sounds", Daily Dot.
  22. ^ "Hilarious Tumblr shares the braggy profiles of Tinder’s male feminists", Metro UK.
  23. ^ "‘Male Feminists of Tinder’ Is the Blog We Deserve", New York Magazine.
  24. ^ " "Male Feminists of Tinder is the Best Tumblr Ever", Paper Magazine,
  25. ^ This Woman Is Poking Fun At Male Feminists On Tinder For Being Sort Of Ridiculous", BuzzFeed.
  26. ^ "Good News Ladies", "Male Feminists of Tinder", "Are Here to Save the Day", Cosmopolitan.
  27. ^ "Snowed in? Just swipe right: Tinder in the time of Juno makes for 'blizzard baes'"
  28. ^ a b Swipe Out! 'Tinder Live' Takes Aim At Dating App via Brooklyn Paper
  29. ^ "Ladies We Love: Lane Moore"
  30. ^ Tinder Live with Lane Moore via Flavorpill
  31. ^ What Would Tinder Look Like Live? via Brooklyn Magazine
  32. ^ The 5 Worst Brooklyn Behaviors on Tinder via Brokelyn
  33. ^ a b Swipe right with Orange is the New Black cast members at Tinder Live" via Time Out New York
  34. ^ "‘We’re in this together': The fun of Tinder with a live audience" The Washington Post
  35. ^ Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy In NYC
  36. ^ Things To Do: Tinder Live
  37. ^ Apps That Would Make Great Game Shows: Tinder Live with Lane Moore
  38. ^ "I Swiped Through Tinder IRL With 300 Strangers" VICE Magazine
  39. ^ "Lane Moore makes Tinder hilarious" Brooklyn Based
  40. ^ "Lane Moore makes Tinder hilarious"
  41. ^ NYC Best Weekend Bets
  42. ^ "New Year, New Laughs" New York Magazine
  43. ^ "NYC Best Weekend Bets" Brightest Young Things
  44. ^ [1]
  45. ^ 'Girls' Finale: Is It Us, Or Did The Show Get Better?
  46. ^ VH1's Greatest '90s Artists
  47. ^ What's The Worst Lie You Ever Told Your Mother
  48. ^ Gold Stars YouTube page
  49. ^ Sara Gilbert And Linda Perry Get Married
  50. ^ 'Gold Stars' Are The New Black
  51. ^ Gold Stars: New Lesbian Web Series about Craigslist Job Hunters
  52. ^ Susie Lewis (DariaCoCreator) on Twitter
  53. ^ [2]
  54. ^ a b Interview with Ravishly
  55. ^ Pitchfork Guide to Upcoming Releases: Spring 2015
  56. ^ Exclusive Premiere: Listen to It Was Romance's 'Philadelphia'
  57. ^ 63 Songs You Need In Your Life This Month
  58. ^ a b It Was Romance’s Gender-Bending New Vid
  59. ^ Lane Moore gives the ’50s a gender-bending makeover in It Was Romance’s ‘Philadelphia’ video
  60. ^ Watch Lane Moore Channel John Waters in the Video For ‘Philadelphia’ New York Magazine
  61. ^ Gender-Bending Music Video Will Have You Singing All Day
  62. ^ Watch: Lane Moore Plays Both Johnny Depp & Traci Lords in New Video
  63. ^ It Was Romance’s New Video Is A Remake Of Fiona Apple’s "Criminal" A ’90s dream come true
  64. ^ This Lesbian Homage to Fiona Apple’s ‘Criminal’ Is Exactly What You Need Right Now
  65. ^ "2016 GLAAD Media Awards winners list 2016". EW. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  66. ^ [3]
  67. ^ Lane Moore on IMDB

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