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Comedian Fortune Feimster to perform at Wealthy Theatre June 20

Last year’s sold out LaughFest comedian is back for a rare Grand Rapids show this Friday.

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At LaughFest 2013, Fortune Feimster sold out two shows at the Wealthy Theatre. This year Feimster will take the stage at the Wealthy Theatre’s Peter Wege auditorium on Friday, June 20 at 8 p.m.

For $25 in advance or $30 at the door, attendees can enjoy the standup comic that has written on the "Chelsea Lately" show and guest starred on TBS’s “Conan” and CBS’s “2 Broke Girls.”

Feimster covers a variety of topics in her stand-up, anything from growing up in North Carolina to a character she portrays, known as Darlene Witherspoon - a not skinny Hooters waitress who wears a very tight uniform.

Feimster says her comedic inspiration originates from, “Watching reruns of the Carol Burnett show with my grandmother.” Feimster enjoyed that Burnett’s monologues were basically stand-up comedy and that Burnett would improvise during the question and answer section. Burnett’s variety of comedy is what inspired Fortune most in her own work and pushed her to try different aspects of comedy.

As a kid, Feimster enjoyed reenacting her own version of "Saturday Night Live" sketches for her friends at school. It wasn’t until later that Feimster realized she could make comedy her career.

“I began taking improv classes as a hobby and it all started from there,” Feimster says.

She crafts her stand-up material from her own life experiences and observations.

“The more you live and have an interesting life, the more you have to talk about,” Feimster says.

On June 20, Feimster says attendees can expect a good time and many laughs. She values engaging with the audience during her performances. After her shows, Feimster often meets with her fans. Fans in other cities have told Feimster that after a stressful day they can attend her show and count on laughing hard.

“I hope that people who come to this show will have the same feeling,” says Feimster.

Living in Los Angeles, Feimster does not have many opportunities to travel to Grand Rapids. She describes her visits to Grand Rapids as a “rare treat,” and invites everyone to come to her show.

Feimster reguarly worked with the writers of the "Chelsea Lately" show.

“The best part of the job is that we laughed every day,” Feimster says. Feimster appreciated her time working with Chelsea Handler too.

"[Chelsea Handler is] the cool girl that everybody wants to be friends with,” she says. Though Feimster no longer writes for the show, she still participates in the roundtable portion of the show.

Tickets to Feimster’s performance at the Wealthy Theatre can be purchased in advance online or at the show. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.

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