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Fortune Feimster is one of the world’s most successful lesbian comedians, having starred in megahits like The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately and a hilariously relatable Netflix special (sample line: “My friend gave me a Fitbit… and I don’t have the energy to put it on”). She’s also, as I quickly discover when we chat ahead of her London show, adorable, genuine and overflowing with irresistible Southern charm.

DIVA: I’m so excited to see your stand-up live. Is this your first time performing in the UK?

FORTUNE FEIMSTER: Yeah, so I’m beyond excited and, I’m not gonna lie, a little nervous. I’m from the South in the United States and I’m a gay lady – I’m already nervous in my own country! I’m hoping British people enjoy a sweet, Southern lesbian coming to do comedy.

Are you kidding? There’s nothing we enjoy more! So what was it like growing up gay in the South?

I didn’t come out until I was 25. Y’know, I honestly did not know I was gay and it seems really naive now. Currently, it’s much more visible, but when I was growing up it wasn’t. I knew something was different, but I couldn’t put my finger on it… literally!


Read the rest of this interview in the March 2019 issue of DIVA, available now via the links below. See Fortune live at Soho Theatre 4 – 9 March 2019. Tickets available here.

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