When Mitch Fatel was growing up, it seemed that there were only two things he wanted to do: explore the magic of women and make people laugh. He seems to be doing just fine on both counts!
SacramentoComedy.Com caught up with Fatel by phone while he was on a recent layover returning from a very successful series of shows at the Tempe Improv.
Fatel, when asked about living on the East Coast, commented that he felt silly telling people that he lives in New York because he’s traveling more than 46 weeks this year. “I spend less time in New York than I do anywhere else.”
Fatel started doing stand-up at the age of 15. He joined a comedy class for adults that his mother had to convince them to let him audition for. It is rumored that he used to have his parents drive him to gigs and he would appear in his pajamas and tell the crowd that he had to get up early for school the next day. That lasted only two years before he had that inevitable “bad show.” Fatel was “devastated” and didn’t get back up on stage until he was 21.
During those nonperforming years, around 19 or 20 years old, Fatel began to work as an intern for Howard Stern. What must have seemed like a candy store to a hormonally charged man, it helped shape Fatel’s craving for all things sexual.
“I was very young, and I didn’t know much about the world then.” When asked about his friendship with former Stern cast member “Stuttering” John Melendez, he said, “John and I were friends, and I got him an audition for the show on Stern. They liked him and he got the job”
The conversation inevitably moved to Fatel’s characterization on stage as the innocent, lost boy/child who just wants women to share their soft breasts and gorgeous vaginas with him. Online and in person he propositions his (female) fans and asks them to please send naked pictures to him. For anyone who watches his YouTube clips knows, his show is filled with bits about women’s bodies, sexual acts and, ultimately, being wanted.
When asked when he developed this stage persona, he replied, “I never really consider it anything I developed. As soon as I got on stage he was ‘there.’ Its just who I am. I think it is more really ‘me’ than the person off stage. I think that the person I am off stage has conformed to societal values and what you are supposed to do and how you are supposed to act, but the person on the stage is more the person that I really am deep inside.”
Like most boys, Fatel developed his love for the softer sex at an early age.
“When I was a kid, I absolutely worshiped women. I thought they were magical creatures. My whole life was spent trying to get them to like me.”
As sex is the singular theme to Fatel’s show, it makes one wonder if this was always the case.
“When I got older and I had been doing this [act] for a while, I wrote other bits that had less to do with girls and vaginas. Ultimately, I felt that I was doing it for other people because the truth of the matter is what I do is very distinct. I wanted to stick to doing what I think is right, and it’s what I like writing about. I think it’s what every guy feels, and girls too. I always want to concentrate on that part.”
When Fatel was asked about the difference between being a male “pig” verses being just a little “piggy,” he said that that comparison was very telling. “I don’t think women mind if you’re a pig, it depends on where you are coming from. If it’s a cute pig, it’s likable. If it’s gross, it looks disgusting. I think it looks disgusting. I think being a “piggy” is better than being a pig.
“How does being, as most women I have spoken to characterize you, ‘such a cutie’ help you in your sex life?” we wanted to know.
“I do see only one girl right now who I think it’s going to work who lets me have sex with other women just as long as she is in the room and can participate. I think that is the greatest compromise I have ever had,” Fatel said. “I think that is one concession that I don’t have a problem making. She is a very special girl, and I plan on hanging on to her. She understands that, being a guy, you are attracted to other women, and she has no problem with it as long as she is a part of it. That is a great addition to my life.”
After hearing the collective jealous groan from every man out there, Fatel went on to say that it wasn’t always this “magical” before this girlfriend.
“It’s always been harder to get the girl. It’s easier to get the introduction, but once they start dating you then they get upset about the material once they are your girlfriend, and they don’t like it when you make jokes about them onstage.”
“But what about the groupies?” we inquired?
“Well, I don’t get groupies like rock stars get groupies,” he replied. “Rock star groupies just want to have sex all night. My groupies just want to cuddle me all night and feed me soup, which is really OK as long as I can touch their breasts while they are doing it.”
Career-wise, Fatel, continues to tour extensively and promote his latest DVD, “Mitch Fatel is Magical.” When asked about other creative outlets, he replied that he is in the process of pitching some shows to some networks later this month.
“I have always had an interest in that, and I finally have an idea that I think will work for me. But the short answer is no. I got into this [business] to be a stand-up comic. I have wanted to do stand up since I was 5 years old. I have never really had any aspirations to do anything other than that. The only reason that I am interested in TV or movies is that it can further along my career. The art of stand up is a fantastic art, and it is something that gives me more pleasure than anything I have ever done, and as long as I can make a living at it, I feel very blessed.”
We asked some of Fatel’s fans on Facebook and Twitter to pose some questions of their own.
Fan Remy asked, “Knowing that you think small breasts have more personality, what constitutes small breasts to you?” She later commented that hers have plenty of personality, to which Fatel replied, “Anything that doesn’t fit in my mouth makes it big.”
Fan Stephanie, a local comedian, wanted to know which performers Fatel admires.
His reply was delivered quite passionately. “The people I admire are Jerry Seinfeld, still to this day, for being so good at what he does. Steve Martin was my original inspiration to do stand-up comedy when I was a kid. I was 6 or 7 when his albums came out, and I remember thinking that this guy is getting paid for acting goofy on stage, and I was always goofy in school and got in trouble. I thought that if I can act like him and get paid instead of getting in trouble, then that is what I wanted to do for a living. So, he was my original inspiration for doing stand-up comedy.
“From there, Howard Stern, David Letterman and Jake Johannsen were all very important parts of my upbringing. Sam Kinison and Gilbert Gottfried were new and unique comics that all had their own unique voices. They taught me that I could have my own voice as well. Now that I am older, it’s funny that my favorite is so different from me. It’s Brian Regan. He’s my favorite because he is so opposite of what I am. I appreciate that. Also, to this day, I still listen to, respect and miss [the late] Mitch Hedberg.”
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