Fake Orgasm Contest Commemorates 'When Harry Met Sally...' 30-Year Anniversary

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If you've spent years perfecting your skills at faking orgasms, it's time to put those talents to use in an upcoming fake orgasm contest that will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of "When Harry Met Sally..." The sure-to-be-titillating event will take place at Katz's Delicatessen, where, in the 1989 film starring Meg Ryan as Sally and Billy Crystal as Harry, Sally demonstrated her knack for pretending she was climaxing as the two shared a meal at the famous kosher-style deli.

According to The New York Post, Katz's is inviting contenders to "Be prepared to give your best 'o' in front of a panel of notable New Yorkers and special guests." The event will take place on July 12, and contestants will show off their huffing and puffing at the same table at which Sally faked her pleasure peak. The scene is equally famous for the line that's delivered post-Sally's coital performance, when an older woman sitting nearby tells a server: "I'll have what she's having."

While Ryan's rendition was somewhat shocking back in '89, these days, competitive pretend-sex is on the rise. Take, for example, "air sex," in which competitors have faux sex with invisible partners while music plays and a crowd watches. For those who are less interested in drawing attention to themselves and prefer faking orgasms on the home front, sites like Vice provide tips for how to fake your orgasm, and even men have gotten into the act.

Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the deli has capitalized off its notoriety by hanging a sign over the booth where the "When Harry Met Sally..." stars sat. It reads: "WHERE HARRY MET SALLY... HOPE YOU HAVE WHAT SHE HAD!" A red arrow points down to "ENJOY!"

If you're more interested in watching Sally fake an orgasm for Harry than you doing the faking for others, Katz's has partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn to host a screening of the Academy Award-nominated movie on July 24. But if you're really feeling invested, you might want to spring for Katz's I'll Have What She's Having Package. For $135, the limited-time offering delivers "all the ingredients to make our legendary pastrami on rye (Billy Crystal's order) and turkey sandwiches (Meg Ryan's order), to recreate that iconic scene shot at our tables 30 years ago." That includes: a pound of pastrami, a pound of turkey breast, a pound of Swiss cheese, rye bread, deli mustard, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and a quart of sour pickles. In addition, you'll score a "When Harry Met Sally..." commemorative t-shirt, a "Send a Salami" tote bag, and Katz's-themed pins.

For those who are contemplating entering the orgasm-off, they might want to turn to the advice of professionals: porn stars. In an interview with Elle, performer and director Kitty Stryker portrayed the task thusly, when you're a professional:

"I have a tendency to overact my orgasms when they happen. If I'm left to my own devices, I'm fairly quiet, and that's really boring to watch. I overact in porn the same way I overact when I'm not in porn, when I'm with a partner. It's a form of communication. Not all the time, but it depends on the situation. I work for queer porn, so we have a different way we shoot. But it doesn't always happen, just like when you have sex with a lover…It feeds into a larger conversation about authenticity in porn, which I find really difficult, because of course it's not authentic. Well, it's authentic because we're real people having sex, and in that way it's real, but we're doing it in front of a camera."

Given the popularity of "When Harry Met Sally...", it's likely the winner will achieve their bliss as the world watches.

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If you've spent years perfecting your skills at faking orgasms, it's time to put those talents to use in an upcoming fake orgasm contest that will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of "When Harry Met Sally..." The sure-to-be-titillating event will take place at Katz's Delicatessen, where, in the 1989 film starring Meg Ryan as Sally and Billy Crystal as Harry, Sally demonstrated her knack for pretending she was climaxing as the two shared a meal at the famous kosher-style deli.

According to The New York Post, Katz's is inviting contenders to "Be prepared to give your best 'o' in front of a panel of notable New Yorkers and special guests." The event will take place on July 12, and contestants will show off their huffing and puffing at the same table at which Sally faked her pleasure peak. The scene is equally famous for the line that's delivered post-Sally's coital performance, when an older woman sitting nearby tells a server: "I'll have what she's having."

While Ryan's rendition was somewhat shocking back in '89, these days, competitive pretend-sex is on the rise. Take, for example, "air sex," in which competitors have faux sex with invisible partners while music plays and a crowd watches. For those who are less interested in drawing attention to themselves and prefer faking orgasms on the home front, sites like Vice provide tips for how to fake your orgasm, and even men have gotten into the act.

Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the deli has capitalized off its notoriety by hanging a sign over the booth where the "When Harry Met Sally..." stars sat. It reads: "WHERE HARRY MET SALLY... HOPE YOU HAVE WHAT SHE HAD!" A red arrow points down to "ENJOY!"

If you're more interested in watching Sally fake an orgasm for Harry than you doing the faking for others, Katz's has partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn to host a screening of the Academy Award-nominated movie on July 24. But if you're really feeling invested, you might want to spring for Katz's I'll Have What She's Having Package. For $135, the limited-time offering delivers "all the ingredients to make our legendary pastrami on rye (Billy Crystal's order) and turkey sandwiches (Meg Ryan's order), to recreate that iconic scene shot at our tables 30 years ago." That includes: a pound of pastrami, a pound of turkey breast, a pound of Swiss cheese, rye bread, deli mustard, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and a quart of sour pickles. In addition, you'll score a "When Harry Met Sally..." commemorative t-shirt, a "Send a Salami" tote bag, and Katz's-themed pins.

For those who are contemplating entering the orgasm-off, they might want to turn to the advice of professionals: porn stars. In an interview with Elle, performer and director Kitty Stryker portrayed the task thusly, when you're a professional:

"I have a tendency to overact my orgasms when they happen. If I'm left to my own devices, I'm fairly quiet, and that's really boring to watch. I overact in porn the same way I overact when I'm not in porn, when I'm with a partner. It's a form of communication. Not all the time, but it depends on the situation. I work for queer porn, so we have a different way we shoot. But it doesn't always happen, just like when you have sex with a lover…It feeds into a larger conversation about authenticity in porn, which I find really difficult, because of course it's not authentic. Well, it's authentic because we're real people having sex, and in that way it's real, but we're doing it in front of a camera."

Given the popularity of "When Harry Met Sally...", it's likely the winner will achieve their bliss as the world watches.

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