100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Fortune Feimster

Photo courtesy Fortune Feimster

Fortune Feimster was just trying to make friends when she took a class at the famed comedy school The Groundlings, but she ended up finding a new career. “Before I knew it, I was a comedian,” she says. Feimster is now one of the most recognizable comic actors working in television and film as a series regular on “The Mindy Project” and recurring appearances on “Life in Pieces” as well as having appeared on “Chelsea Lately,” “Glee,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Workaholics,” “Mulaney” and the all-star 2016 film “Office Christmas Party.” Even more impressive, perhaps, is that she’s been out the whole time. “I’m not sure how being out has affected my success other than never getting to be on ‘The Bachelor,’” she says. “I basically came out of the closet and started doing improv the same year, so I don’t have a pre-gay career. Since then I’ve just worked really hard to be good at what I do so that my sexuality or my gender or whatever doesn’t even factor in. I hope I’ve gotten to the point where people hire me based on whether or not they think I’m funny.” Next up, she’s looking to star in “Bad Cop, Bad Cop,” a comedy she co-wrote, which has been purchased by Amblin Entertainment, a DreamWorks offshoot owned by Feimster fan Steven Spielberg.—TB