Fortune Feimster is one of The Advocate's Women of the Year. View the full list from the current issue of the magazine.
“If you’re a little girl in Oklahoma wearing sweatpants and a cutoff T-shirt, I see you,” stand-up comic Fortune Feimster called out to kids like her in her first-ever Netflix special, Sweet and Salty, which began airing in January.
The veteran comedian and actress has appeared on Chelsea Lately, The Mindy Project, and most recently, The L Word: Generation Q. In her stand-up special, Feimster offers a set that includes regaling audiences with tales of her family’s love of Hooters — and proves she has the power to reach people and change lives through her hilarious, heartfelt storytelling.
Feimster has been making people laugh since the late aughts, but Netflix’s massive platform has amplified her voice to new levels. The special was shot on Feimster’s home turf in North Carolina where her mom, now a leader of the local PFLAG, introduced her daughter to the crowd.
“I talk a lot in my special about how the lack of representation growing up, I think, did contribute a little bit to my coming out later in life,” she tells The Advocate. “I’m going to tell you funny stories, not just about being gay, but about my life — being gay is a part of it. If someone out there is hearing this and seeing themselves in any of these stories, that’s what I’m hoping I can provide for more people coming up. Because I didn’t necessarily get to have that.”
Watch Fortune Feimster's interview for our new virtual series Inside with The Advocate below: