Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (January 21, 2011): Fortune Feimster heads to “Chelsea Lately,” “Skins” needs to tone it down


Out comic and vlogger Fortune Feimster recently became a full-time member of the Chelsea Lately writing staff. This week, we ask her a few questions about the gig while she’s still taking our calls. Tell us all about your new gig. What exactly do you do over there?
Fortune Feimster:
I am a full-time writer, but I just started so I’m still figuring out my exact job. We basically help come up with the topics that are going to be discussed in each episode and then brainstorm jokes for each topic. It’s a very collaborative place so everybody pitches in. I know the job will expand the longer I’m there, but for right now, it’s all about updating my Twitter.

AE: Are there any other out lesbians on the writing staff?
Not that I know of, but there’s still time!

AE: Chelsea Handler makes fun of a lot of celebrities. On which stars do you think you’ll be able to provide the most expertise? Are you going to represent by throwing in helpful tidbits about gay/lesbian pop culture?
There isn’t one particular star that I’m an expert on (Justin Bieber), but I was an entertainment journalist for seven years so I know a lot of little random things about different celebrities. I’m just glad I can finally put that to good use. I’ll try to throw in helpful gay and lesbian tidbits when I can just so I can say the word tidbits.

AE: What was it like for you appearing on the show as part of her opening monologue this week? Did you mind playing along with a joke about your appearance?

FF: I was excited to do it. I thought it was a really funny bit. Part of what I like about Chelsea’s group of writers is that no one takes themselves too seriously. Being able to laugh at yourself is almost part of the gig. I just thought it was cool that Chelsea was even taking the time to introduce me on air as the new writer. If dressing like Brad is how it’s gotta happen, then so be it!

AE: Will we see you on the panel?
They have all said that Chelsea really likes having her writers involved on screen as well, so I think after I’ve been there for a while, it is certainly a possibility. I’ll be getting my vests ready just in case!

AE: What’s the most exciting thing about your new job?
Getting paid! Not many people get to make a salary doing what they love so I consider myself very lucky. Oh, and that thing about making people laugh is pretty cool too.

AE: In a wrestling match, who would win, you or Chuy?
FF: Definitely Chuy because he has a lower center of gravity. All he has to do is aim for my knees and I’m a goner.

AE: Do you think Chelsea is going to make you get a new haircut?

Of course she wouldn’t make me get a new haircut because she’s a smart woman and she knows perfection when she sees it. My wardrobe, on the other hand, is a whole different story!

AE: You’re doing stand-up comedy this year at the Dinah Shore Weekend. I was at the event last year when you popped your Dinah cherry. Please tell the class about your first Dinah experience.
My first Dinah experience was certainly one to remember. I hosted a dance contest with your lovely wife Bridget [McManus] out by the infamous pool area. We were wearing leotards because obviously that’s what all the cool girls wear, and then all of a sudden in the middle of the contest, a girl jumped up on stage just so she could flash me. I of course spent the rest of the weekend trying to find her.

AE: You’re performing this year along with Suzanne Westenhoefer and Paula Poundstone. Which of the three of you is the funniest?
Ah, that is so not fair! We’re all so different. Well, Suzanne and Paula certainly win the prize for being the most experienced. They both have been doing this a lot longer than I have so I’m pretty darn lucky just to get to be in the same show with them. Luckily we’re all funny or else people would be in for a really crappy show.  

AE: What essentials are you taking to Dinah this year?
Is there like a Dinah survival kit that I don’t know about because a few other people have asked me that as well?  I’m gonna take with me what I take to all lesbian events … food, sunscreen, and power tools. Hey, you never know when you’ll need to change a flat!

AE: Any advice for Dinah virgins?
For God’s sake, wear a leotard!

Chelsea Lately airs Monday through Friday on E! at 11 PM. Keep up with Fortune and get more info on her stand-up comedy dates via Twitter and her Facebook page.

by Karman Kregloe

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