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SouthBound: Fortune Feimster On Small Towns, Big Laughs, And The Movie That Changed Her Life

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JEN ROSENSTEIN

There was a young woman named Emily Feimster from a small town in North Carolina. She was an athlete in high school and college, presented as a debutante, graduated summa cum laude, had the whole world in front of her. But she didn’t know what she wanted to be. And more than that, she didn’t know who she really was.

She didn’t learn all that until she moved to Los Angeles, started a career in show business, and started going by her middle name: Fortune.

Now Fortune Feimster sells out comedy shows across the country – her latest special, “Sweet & Salty,” is available on Netflix. She’s also an actress with roles including a spot on the reboot of “The L Word,” the Showtime series depicting the lives of gay women.

It feels like a good fit, because a TV movie about a gay woman changed Fortune Feimster’s life.

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Show notes:

Other music from this episode:

Ketsa, "Multiverse" and "Awakenings"

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our audience engagement manager is Joni Deutsch, and our main theme comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.