Rachel Feinstein rose up the national comedy ranks as a finalist on Season 7 of Last Comic Standing. From there she’s written for The Onion, voiced characters on Adult Swim’s Venture Brothers, released a stand-up album, Thug Tears, and toured the world.
We recently had the opportunity to speak wit her about her experience on a reality show, her work cranking out web series, and her recent Showtime special with Amy Schumer and Nikki Glaser, and how she was almost featured in Vogue Magazine when they confused her with another Rachel Feinstein.
To begin, what was it like moving to New York at 17 to pursue stand-up?
I was a silly person. I moved here with a guy and his band. I did some theater. I cried a lot and I wore these ridiculous looking overalls every day until someone heckled me and called me “Super Mario Brothers.”
I worked at some store called “Fat Shoes and Clothes” on Broadway for a little while. Here’s how dumb I was at the time; I thought that I had arrived in some way because I got this job on Broadway. I thought it was big stuff and I told everyone that would listen. I showed up for my first day and I played the Beastie Boys on the way over and was really feline’ myself. I was fired in under 4 hours because I couldn’t fold. I cried while my boss Sharif was firing me. Tears were rolling out but he was right. I had a terrible folding system. My folds looked all mangled and deranged and my hands would shake while I was doing it because I knew they were rancid. Sharif noticed. I saw him looking real grossed out in my direction and I knew it was coming. Read More