Fortune Feimster
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Fortune Feimster

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States
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Fortune Feimster has a natural Southern charm that’s evident from the moment you meet her — and it’s not just because she’s been going to Hooters for family dinners since she was 10. The out stand-up comic has embraced her background and unique comedy style to become a regular on the L.A. comedy scene where she often mocks what she knows — taking shots at her beloved mother and riffs on her sexual orientation. SheWired.com caught up with Feimster before she took the stage at the Comedy Store and grilled her about when she knew she wanted to be a comic, the differences between stand-up and improv comedy and what auditioning for Saturday Night Live was like.

SheWired.com: When did you know you wanted to be a comedian?

Fortune Feimster: In high school, I used to watch Saturday Night Live all the time and my friends and I would always imitate Molly Shannon. I did an impression of Mary Katherine Gallagher for this talent show at my high school. I just remember people really laughing and having a great feeling about it. I never really thought that there was a possibly that I could do that for a living.

SW: When was the first minute you realized that stand-up comedy was something you could be doing full-time?

Feimster: I remember when I was taking classes at Groundlings, I really wasn’t getting to perform, so I started this improv group with some friends I met in class called Gas Money and we started doing all these improv shows around town and people were responding really well. The more feedback I got, the more I thought, “Oh wow, this is really cool. I think there’s a way to make a living at this.” It’s just such a process to be able to be a professional at it. And I’m still in that process, but I think when I started stand-up particularly was when I realized that this is something I wanted to do forever because it’s just you and the microphone and you get to tell your stories. It’s just such a cool thing to make a whole room full of people laugh.

SW: Which do you think is harder, stand-up or improv?

Feimster: Everyone says stand-up, but I think improv. I think I’m just suited more for stand-up because I look different and I sound different, so it’s hard for me to disappear into a character in improve or in a sketch because you can always see parts of Fortune and you can always hear my accent and see my sensibility. I can only pass for certain characters. But in stand-up, I can be myself. I’m Southern and so many of us are just natural storytellers. I grew up around people telling stories all the time so you just kind of pick that up. So when I get on stage and do stand-up it seems like a natural thing.


SW: You have so many great improv characters that are based on your own life — like your impression of your mom. What does she think of that?

Feimster: Oh gosh! (Laughs.) My mom already told me she wanted me to go to grad school and be the academic person of the family, but she supports me no matter what. She came out this summer and saw me perform for the first time and she really liked it and got to see that it’s something I’m really good at. People asked me if I was going to do all my impressions of my mom with her sitting right in front of me, and I was like, “Yeah! It’s even better!” It was awesome because she just sat there and laughed at every story I told about her. But yes, she provides me with so much comedy — in stand-up and in sketch. She’s just a relatable mom.

SW: What did she think of the lesbian humor in your act?

Feimster: (Laughs.) She couldn’t be more open and supportive about my being gay. My whole family is so accepting of it. She doesn’t even flinch if I talk about anything that has to do with lesbians or gay stuff, she just doesn’t like it when I cuss! (Laughs.) She doesn’t like it when I’m dirty; it has nothing to do with sexuality. If I tell a gay story, she doesn’t mind. If I say “shit” she’ll be like (in character): “What! Stop it!” (Laughs.)

SW: One of my favorite clips of yours is you on your first lesbian date. Was that based on an actual experience you had?

Feimster: The Gay Date thing? (Laughs.) I did that for my lab show at the Groundlings; it was the very first monologue I ever wrote. I like to think I’m not as weird or as awkward as that character, but some women might disagree! It kind of was based on the first official date I went on with a woman. I did that whole online thing and I met this girl from the site and I was terrified. I’d never gone on a date before with a woman and I remember spilling my coffee and being so awkward and not knowing what to say. So I took that experience and heightened it by 100. I kept thinking about the words “gay date” and it made me laugh.


SW: You auditioned last year for Lorne Michaels to join the cast of Saturday Night Live. What was that audition like?

Feimster: Obviously that’s the most amazing thing I’ve gotten to do in my comedy career so far because as a comedian, that’s the Mecca of comedy. - SheWired.com - Lesley Goldberg


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Fortune Feimster has taken the comedy scene by storm since making her national TV debut on NBCs Last Comic Standing where she finished as a semi-finalist. Now Fortune is a full-time writer and member of the round table on the E! Networks popular Chelsea Lately show. The loveable Southern comic with great hair and an even better personality, moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Peace College in North Carolina. Fortunes since been traveling the country doing standup and recently toured with the Comedians of Chelsea Lately. In her spare time, she can often be seen performing at the Hollywood Improv, The World Famous Comedy Store, and the Laugh Factory. She also happens to be a highly accomplished sketch comedian and improv artist, and is an alumni of the prestigious Groundlings Sunday Company. While Fortune has already made tremendous strides in a short period of time, theres no doubt this is only the beginning of whats to come! www.fortunefeimster.com.