February 9, 2018


The one thing you know for sure when you're watching a romantic comedy is that it's going to turn out okay in the end. When you're living one? Not so much. This week for Valentine's Day, stories that unfold like rom-coms.

Dominic Bugatto

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.


Romantic comedies usually don’t get much respect.  But with Valentine’s Day approaching, This American Life producer Neil Drumming explains what’s so great about them. (5 minutes)

You Had Me at Hello

Comedian Jillian Welsh tells Diane Wu about one of the most romantic—and stressful—nights of her life, a night that paralleled the plot of a rom-com in several ways. A version of this story first appeared on the Risk! podcast. Jillian is a member of the Second City National Touring Company. (16 minutes)


“Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)” by Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton & “Rom Com” by Who is She?