Out funny woman Fortune Feimster will bring her wit and barb to the Bud Light Main Stage at PrideFest on Saturday, June 29 from 3 p.m. til close. We caught up with the Chelsea Lately roundtable panelist to talk Pride, emceeing and more.


We’re looking forward to seeing you at PrideFest. What do you have in store for St. Louis audiences this summer? 


I always like to have fun wherever I go so hopefully I bring a lot of laughs. I’ve never been to Pride in St. Louis so I’m just excited to see how you guys throw down! 


When did you first realize you were funny? I know a lot of LGBT folks growing up use humor as a defense mechanism or as a tool to diffuse situations – was that your experience? 


I used to reenact SNL sketches all the time when I was growing up but I didn’t realize I was funny until like college. I think by nature I am kind of shy so it was a way for me to sort of break the ice and make friends. Now I use it to try and impress women because the gym certainly ain’t working. 


What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen at PrideFest?  


Nothing surprises me at Pride festivals anymore. I’m so used to half naked men and women showing their boobs. I would be more weirded out seeing someone in pants and a turtleneck. 


Do you consider yourself a lesbian comic – or a comic that just happens to be a lesbian? How’s the experience been as an out comic?


I definitely consider myself a comic that happens to be a lesbian. It’s important for me to have something in my comedy that appeals to everyone. Plus, I have so many more experiences in life than just being a lesbian. I’m a daughter, a sister, a friend, a Southerner, a human. And if I only focused on just being a lesbian then I’d be missing so many opportunities to connect with people. 


How has it been working for Chelsea Lately 


It’s been awesome. It was my first big break in comedy and the thing that finally put me on people’s radars. It taught me a lot about comedy and learning how to write for TV. But the best part is that for three years I got to work with people who made me laugh every day and I’ll always be grateful for my time there. 


Tell us something about Chelsea Handler that would surprise us. 


At this point in her career there is not a lot about her that people don’t know. She’s written about herself pretty candidly in all of her books and what you see on TV is pretty accurate. She’s not as “bitchy” as some call her. She’s the fun girl that everybody enjoys hanging out with. 


If you could have a conversation with your younger self and tell her one thing, what would it be? 


I would tell my younger self to have a little more fun and not be so stinkin’ responsible. It’s ok to screw up every now and then. But most importantly, I would tell my 18-year-old self that I am gay! I didn’t come out until I was 25 so I wasted a lot of good years! 


What does PRIDE mean to Fortune Feimster?  


To me it’s about being proud of who you are and what you have to offer the world. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin, and in the words of the great Bruno Mars, knowing you’re amazing just the way you are.



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