Currently a series regular on “The Mindy Project” Fortune has been seen as a performer and writer on “Chelsea Lately” and was a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”.
Artist Bio: Fortune Feimster
Fortune Feimster, the Southern comic who hails from North Carolina, is one of the busiest actors, standup comedians, and writers working today. Variety named her one of their “Top 10 Comics to Watch” in 2014 and she’s been reaching new milestones ever since. Fortune, who first rose to fame as a performer and writer on “Chelsea Lately,” can currently be seen as a series regular on “The Mindy Project” where she plays the very loveable nurse Colette.
It’s been a quick rise for Fortune who made her TV debut in 2010 on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where she finished strong as a semi-finalist. She has since had recurring guest roles on “Life In Pieces” and “Mulaney,” and has appeared on “Glee,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Workaholics,” “Idiotsitter,” “Drunk History,” and “Married.” She’s also a regular guest on Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show, “Chelsea.”
As far as the big screen, Fortune has been in several award-winning indie movies, and she’s got very memorable parts coming up in the soon-to-be released movies “Office Christmas Party,” “Deported,” and “F*cking People.”
Not only has Fortune proven to be a strong performer, but she’s also had her hand in a number of projects behind the camera. After being cast in the Tina Fey pilot “Cabot College” for Fox, Fortune went on to team up with Fey to create her own starring vehicle called “Family Fortune,” which was given a pilot order at ABC. It would be the second TV pilot Fortune sold to the network.
In her spare time, Fortune travels all over the world performing standup comedy. She’s had a half hour special on “Comedy Central” and has performed on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Conan.” She also makes guest appearances at the famed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles where she used to be a member of their prestigious Sunday Company. If you haven’t had a chance to see Fortune in action, this is one talent you do not want to miss!
After a brief stint as a personal assistant where she lost her boss’s cat on at least three occasions (don’t worry she found him!), Fortune was hired to be an entertainment journalist for the syndicated newspaper column Beck/Smith. She would remain with them for seven years where she was published in such outlets as the Creators Syndicate, Netscape.com, and the LA and NY Daily News.
It was in 2005 that Fortune began taking improv and sketch classes at the Groundlings Theatre as a way to make friends but soon a budding comedian was born! After four years of intense training, she was selected to be in the Groundlings’ prestigious Sunday Company (with alumni like Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig) where she performed a new sketch show every week for a year-and-a-half.
It wouldn’t be long before Fortune would begin making a name for herself in the standup world after being made a paid regular at the World Famous Comedy Store and being selected as one of the “New Faces” at the renowned Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Soon she made her national TV debut on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where she finished as a semi-finalist.
During this time, she was flown out twice to New York to audition in front of Lorne Michaels for “Saturday Night Live,” but it would be Chelsea Handler who would give Fortune her next big platform. Fortune has now been a full-time writer and performer on the E! Network’s popular show, “Chelsea Lately,” for the last three years, and is a main cast member on their scripted series “After Lately.”
Most recently Fortune opened for Chelsea at Caesar’s Palace in Windsor and she performed in front of 15,000 people as part of Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchord’s “Oddball Fest.” Her standup was also featured on HBO Canada’s “Funny As Hell” and she’ll be appearing in an upcoming episode of Comedy Central’s storytelling show “This Is Not Happening.” She can currently be seen in the Jim Belushi movie, “The Secret Lives of Dorks,” which was just released in theaters.
In her spare time, Fortune acts like she’s 12 years old by playing soccer and tennis every week, she has a secret passion for scrapbooking (shhh!!), and she writes ridiculous things on Twitter. She also travels all over the world doing standup so be sure to check out the calendar section for an opportunity to see Fortune live at a comedy club near you!