Fortune Feimster

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Feimster at the premiere of Office Christmas Party in 2016
Emily Fortune Feimster

(1980-07-01) July 1, 1980 (age 40)
Alma materPeace College
OccupationComedian, writer, actress
Known forChelsea Lately, The Mindy Project

Emily Fortune Feimster (/ˈfmstər/; born July 1, 1980)[1] is an American writer, comedian, and actress. Having made her television debut on NBC's Last Comic Standing in 2010,[1] Feimster starred as Colette on The Mindy Project (2015–2017). In July 2019, she began hosting What a Joke with Papa and Fortune with Tom Papa, interviewing comedians and celebrities, the first live programming on the Sirius XM's channel Netflix is a Joke.[2] In 2019, reports confirmed Feimster would participate in The L Word: Generation Q,[3] a reboot of The L Word.


Feimster was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Mike and Ginger Feimster; the youngest of three, with two older brothers, Price and Jay. Fortune is her mother's grandmother's maiden name.[1]

Growing up in Belmont, North Carolina, she attended Belmont Central Elementary School and Belmont Junior High,[1] subsequently graduating from South Point High School (North Carolina) in 1998.[4] That same year, she made her debut at the Gastonia Debutante Club.[1] At South Point, she played basketball, softball and tennis.[1]

She attended Peace College, then a women-only university, and was elected student body president, majored in communications and played soccer and tennis. She graduated summa cum laude and was the student speaker at commencement in 2002. The graduation speaker was Raleigh native actress Emily Procter, with whom Feimster became acquainted after the graduation.[1]

After living in Spain for a year, she moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to become a personal assistant to Procter[1] and pursue comedy.[5] After connecting with Procter's neighbor, a journalist for the Los Angeles Daily News, Feimster began a seven year career in entertainment journalism. [1] In 2005, she joined The Groundlings Theatre, studying improv and sketch comedy. After four years, she was selected to join the Groundlings' Sunday Company.[6][1]

Feimster came out as lesbian[7] in 2005 at age 25.[1] In 2016, she began dating kindergarten teacher Jacquelyn Smith,[1] becoming engaged in early 2018.[8] She and Smith own homes in Los Angeles and Belmont, North Carolina.[1]


She has appeared in the following shows:


In addition to hosting her own podcast, Sincerely Fortune,[15] Feimster has appeared on the following:

Date Show Episode
Nov. 10, 2019 Queery[16] Episode 112
Aug. 12, 2019 The Margaret Cho[17] Season 1, Episode 5
Jan. 9, 2020 This Past Weekend[18] Episode 254
Jan. 20, 2020 Anna Faris is Unqualified[19] Fortune Feimster
Feb. 29, 2020 Lovett or Leave It[20] ”Oh, great. Mike Pence.”
Mar. 2, 2020 The Sporkful[21] "You Can't Hate Yourself Constantly" Says Comic Fortune Feimster
Mar. 11, 2020 The Joe Rogan Experience[22] Episode #1440


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Janes, Theoden (February 20, 2018). "As a kid in NC, she 'couldn't Google gay stuff.' On TV, she's out — and a rising star". The Charlotte Observer.
  2. ^ Venta, Lance (2019-07-10). "SiriusXM Debuts Morning Show With Tom Papa & Fortune Feimster On Netflix Is A Joke Radio". Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  3. ^ "The L Word Casts Sophie Giannamore, Olivia Thirlby, & Fortune Feimster". July 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Truth About Fortune Feimster: The Autostraddle Interview". Autostraddle.
  5. ^ "Fortune Feimster".
  6. ^ "Fortune Feimster Bio".
  7. ^ "LGBTQ Life with Jane Lynch & E.J. Johnson". Chelsea. July 20, 2016. Netflix. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "'Mindy Project' actress Fortune Feimster is engaged and Mindy Kaling 'will' officiate the wedding".
  9. ^ a b c d "How Fortune Feimster Went From Entertainment Blogger to Breakout Comedian". Splitsider.
  10. ^ "'The Mindy Project's' Fortune Feimster on Colette's "Weird" Evolution". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  11. ^ Unknown, Unknown (September 27, 2019). "Fortune Feimster – IMDb". Life in Pieces. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Mandell, Sean (September 20, 2015). "Go-Go Boy Interrupted Returns, Seeks Funding for Raucous Season 2 on Kickstarter". Towleroad. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  13. ^ Hernandez, Justin (September 11, 2015). "This Go-Go Boy Doesn't Want To Stop Dancing For You". Queerty. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "Season 2 Cast and Crew". Archived from the original on January 29, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  15. ^ "Sincerely Fortune".
  16. ^ "Fortune Feimster, episode #112 of Queery with Cameron Esposito on Earwolf".
  17. ^ "Fortune Feimster and Jodi Long from The Margaret Cho".
  18. ^ "Fortune Feimster, This Past Weekend w/ Theo Von #254".
  19. ^ [ "Fortune Feimster"] Check |url= value (help).
  20. ^ "Lovett or Leave It – Oh, great. Mike Pence".
  21. ^ "The Sporkful – "You Can't Hate Yourself Constantly" Says Comic Fortune Feimster".
  22. ^ "#1440 – FORTUNE FEIMSTER".

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