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    MEREDITH VIEIRA, co-host: We are back at 8:21. Matchmaking is something that comes naturally to mothers, they just can't help it. But one mom has taken it to the extreme. Geri Brin wants nothing but the best for her 31-year-old son Colby , and has set him up on countless dates for most of his adult life. Well, now she's even created a dating Web site dedicated to helping parents find matches for their kids. Geri and Colby Brin , good morning to you.

    Ms. GERI BRIN: Good morning, Meredith .

    VIEIRA: It's actually an element of a -- of a larger Web site designed for women over 50, Fab Over 50. But before we get to the Web site itself, Geri , you've been setting up Colby for years now, and now you've taken it onto the Internet to extend it. There are some people watching this that might think, you know, this is like meddling. Why do you do it? Why is it important for you to get involved in your son's love life ?

    Ms. BRIN: I don't think of it as meddling at all. I think it's casting a wider net, helping him cast a wider net. Everybody's busy today. We're kind of like the agents. We can be agents for our kids, help them figure out who's right for them and have them work with us at it. But we're -- I don't think it's meddling at all.

    VIEIRA: Well, obviously you're OK with it, Colby , because you helped set up this Web site .

    Mr. COLBY BRIN: Yeah.

    VIEIRA: But there are folks out there who are going to be looking at you and going -- I know if this were my kids, my sons, they would read me the riot act if I attempted to do this. And folks watching you might say, you know, he's 31 years old. Come on, Colby , why do you need your mom to help you set up dates?

    Mr. BRIN: Well, I don't think I need my mom. I mean, I'm also out there in the field doing my own work . But, you know, if my mom comes across someone who she -- who she thinks would be good for me, you know, there's nothing to lose. It's not like every night I'm doing something. I have some free time. So, you know, our combined forces, I think, you know, are better than just me looking.

    VIEIRA: Do you get teased by your friends at all?

    Mr. BRIN: I think that probably earlier in my 20s that might have been cause for teasing. But as you get older, people get more realistic about things and, you know, they're -- they open up their own minds to different things like Internet dating or being set up on blind dates, and finally, letting your mom set you up on dates.

    VIEIRA: And is your mom a good matchmaker? Have you found any keepers?

    Mr. BRIN: Her credibility's as good as the last date she put me on.

    VIEIRA: Which was?

    Mr. BRIN: She -- a few months ago she set me up with a very attractive woman. We went out on one date, we didn't hit it off, but it was -- it was a good set-up. There was a lot of -- you know, I was -- there was a lot of potential. But, you know, I guess then I dropped the ball, I would say. But some dates are better than others. I don't always agree to go out with the girl she fixes me up with, but once every -- one in three, I guess I would say.

    VIEIRA: So explain how this Web site works, and the dating element of it.

    Ms. BRIN: Well, you remember Fab Over 50 first, and that's for women to share their perfumes, their restaurants and their kids. We love to share after 50. We're very generous with what we've done.

    VIEIRA: So moms can go onto the dating element...

    Ms. BRIN: You go on the site and you enter your kid yourself, obviously with their permission. We wouldn't want a mother to sneak her kid on. And so she talks to her kid, she puts the kid's picture -- and I say kid because they're 21 and over -- and then she says why my son, daughter, niece, nephew, is fabulous.

    VIEIRA: OK, so let me -- I'd like for you to look into the camera and tell the women out there why you think Colby would be fab-o for them. You have 30 seconds.

    Ms. BRIN: Well, he's very family-oriented, he loves his family, loves his friends, he's really cute and funny, he's family-oriented, great and loyal friend, and he's healthy and fit. He just ran the half marathon successfully. And he is a fabulous writer.

    Mr. BRIN: Funny.

    Ms. BRIN: I said you're funny.

    VIEIRA: Oh, funny.

    Ms. BRIN: Absolutely, you're funny.

    VIEIRA: All right. Well, that's a nice pitch there. Thank you very much , Geri and Colby . And if you think you have a match for Colby , send a picture to todayshow.com. We're going to share them with the Brins in our next hour. Just ahead, are the days using the dressing room to try on clothes over? We'll find out.

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updated 7/13/2010 12:23:34 PM ET 2010-07-13T16:23:34

Matchmaking mom Geri Brin is always trying to find the perfect gal for her 31-year-old son Colby. And just this week, she launched a new link on her website, faboverfifty.com, to let other moms do likewise for their bachelor boys.

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So when Meredith Vieira gave the 63-year-old Brin a chance to pitch Colby’s charms on America’s most-watched morning TV show, Brin didn’t skip a beat.

“He’s family-oriented, he loves his family, he loves his friends and he’s really cute and funny,” Brin told Vieira live on TODAY Wednesday as Colby looked on. “He’s healthy and fit — he just ran a half marathon successfully — and he is a fabulous writer.”

Colby pitched in: “I’m funny.”

To which his proud mom enthused, “I said funny! Absolutely, you’re funny!”

Teaming up with mom
Former fashion publishing executive Brin, who launched her lifestyle website in February, saw a unique business opportunity in adding a link to it that lets moms post particulars about their sons — or daughters, grandkids, nieces and nephews — in hope of forging a love connection.

While the site may seem like a novel new way for moms to embarrass their kids globally rather than just locally, Brin said she believes she’s hit on a winning formula. If the fix-ups don’t work out, moms make a convenient scapegoat. “All the kids have to do is roll their eyes and blame mom for getting them involved,” Brin told The New York Post.

On TODAY Wednesday, Colby Brin told Vieira he doesn’t mind the extra boost from his doting mom when it comes to navigating the choppy dating waters of New York City.

“I don’t think I need my mom; I’m also out there in the field doing my own work,” Colby said as his mother beamed. “But if my mom comes across someone she thinks would be good for me, there’s nothing to lose. It’s not like every night I’m out there doing something; I have some free time. So our combined forces, I think, are better than just me looking.”

Prospects pour in
Brin’s Fab Over Fifty website includes a “Date My Single Kid” link for “FOF Women Love to Play Cupid!” There, site members can post info about the young singles in their family, and also cruise a list of postings from like-minded moms. In the site’s first few days, profiles are already pouring in, with moms extolling the virtues of their kids, from their smarts to their culinary skills.

So far, the fix-up site is drawing moms posting about their kids ranging in age from young 20s to 40. The site doesn’t set the kids up directly; naturally, any potential suitor has to answer to mom first.

And if that seems like meddling, well, Brin won’t hear of it. “I don’t think it’s meddling at all; I think it’s casting a wider net,” she told Vieira. “Everybody’s busy today. We can be agents for our kids.”

While Colby says his mother’s “credibility is as good as the last date she put me on,” he admits he’s become comfortable with his mother scouring the ranks of single ladies to find the perfect love match for him.

“Look, I’m a Jewish guy who grew up in New York,” he told The New York Post. “Obviously, I’m a mama’s boy. Who are you kidding?”

To be sure, Colby has little to complain about: Some 15 potential dates contacted the program within minutes. Sitting down with TODAY’s Ann Curry in a return appearance, Colby and his mom pored over the prospects.

Potential matches
Amanda, a 29-year-old personal trainer, called in to the show, telling Colby, “I definitely feel your pain being single in your 20s and early 30s. I just never really find my match. I always kind of attract younger guys and they seem to be sort of immature and irresponsible.”

Geri told Amanda to contact the website, but an interested Colby quickly cut out the middle-woman and told Amanda to get hold of him at his own personal e-mail.

Even so, Amanda may have her work cut out for her. Shannon, 23, e-mailed TODAY and talked of her common bond with Colby — she, like he, is a writer, having published a children’s book, and is prepping to enter graduate school to teach writing. “Let’s go see a movie, talk about Flannery O’Connor’s body of work and have breakfast for dinner! :)” she wrote.

A sly smile crossed Colby’s face, who then said, “I’m very down; that sounds very appealing.”

Meddling has its rewards.

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