Dear Urban Diplomat: How can I approach Erin Karpluk (a.k.a. Erica Strange) and still maintain my cool?

Dear Urban Diplomat: How can I approach Erin Karpluk (a.k.a. Erica Strange) and still maintain my cool?

Erin Karpluk
(Image: David Pike) 

Dear Urban Diplomat,
Being Erica sometimes films in my ’hood, and I have a monster crush on Erin Karpluk, the show’s star. I saw her twice last month, and I know if I don’t say hi next time, I’ll regret it. How can I talk to her without seeming like a drooling sycophant?
—Super-Fan, DOWNTOWN

I’m sorry to break it to you: adoring fan routines, even the really smooth ones, rarely lead to love. However, if all you’re after is the giddy rush of meeting your dream girl, here’s what you do. Approach when she’s on a break. Be sure to address her as Erin, not Erica. A low-key “You’re Erin Karpluk, right?” will do. Compliment her acting—keep your focus on the work, not on her shiny hair, no matter how dazzling it may be in real life. You could cite your favourite episode (provided it’s not the one where Erica dances with a giant ice penis; referencing a giant penis of any kind is unwise). Although most celebrities are happy to dash off an autograph or pose for a photo, don’t ask for these. She’s not Justin Bieber and this isn’t a MuchMusic meet-and-greet. Wrap up the conversation with best wishes for the rest of the shoot and move on in under five minutes.

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