You’ve got rappers, NBA stars and Rachel Feinstein. And while you may think they don’t go together, they do. It’s all part of Feinstein’s funny path: She started as a D-minus student, which led to her moving at 17 to New York City to pursue a stand-up career.
That career began to take off thanks to “Last Comic Standing” (she was a Season 7 finalist), but it’s hardly Feinstein’s only glitzy credit. She’s filmed Comedy Central specials and has appeared on “Chelsea Lately,” “Hip Hop Squares,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Russell Simmons Presents.”
And then there’s her gig hosting Tru TV’s “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal,” which has led to some pretty cool texting games.
Feinstein filled us in on that and more. She is at the Helium Comedy Club through Saturday. (Tickets range from $15 to $29).
Question: At what moment did you know you wanted to be a comic?
A: There wasn’t a single moment. It was more like a lack of other choices and the ability to make people laugh to distract them from my wild failing in school and all other areas. Once I found it, I never considered doing anything else. I never want to stop doing it. I can’t imagine retiring. I’ll be around the comedy scene for as long as people let me weirdly lurk about.
Q: What is something about the comedy industry that no one ever knows until they’re in it?
A: That clubs have names like the Chuckle Hut, that sometimes it’s lonely and that I once got tipped in go-cart tickets at a club called the Funny Farm.
Q: What are the biggest misconceptions people have about your life?
A: That I’m always funny and that I walk around like a jack in the box and make funny all day. Some people are surprised that comics have other moods and states and that we are not always “on.”
Q; As you think about your life and career today, what is something that you never would have expected?
A: I was working on a show with Shaq and he let me take his phone and text Charles Barkley and ask him to go to Pottery Barn and make bead necklaces together. I never thought I work with Shaq or that he’d let me play text roulette with his phone. Or that I would have fed Ginuwine a pastrami sandwich for a video I made as this character, Ice Cold Rhoda, the world’s oldest hater. We both ate the sandwich and we were biting toward each other as his song pony played. Then we shared Manischewitz.
[This week] I’m surprised that I’m filming a scene with Amare Stoudemire where I play his nurse in Amy Schumer’s new Judd Apatow movie. So most moments that surprise me involve rappers and NBA stars.