Mitch Fatel is a soft spoken guy with a wicked sense of humor. Combine a sweet voice with sex-fueled jokes ranging from pillow talk to bestiality–and that's just the start of what we love about his typical stand up set. Still being somewhat of a newlywed, Fatel's comedic style has only changed for the better and when he headlines the Irvine Improv January 23rd through 26th, you'll get to witness the magic of maturity (mixed with his ever immature nature) that has made him into an unlikely star on the stand up scene. Before Mitch invades our town, we had the chance to talk to him about how being married has changed his life and act, how the media has changed in general, and what is coming up for him now that we've ventured into another new year.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Last time we talked you were dating your wife Jessica and now you've been married a year. Congrats!
Mitch Fatel: Yeah we got married on January 1st which was my request because December 20th is my birthday so, I always get really stressed out around that time. January 1st has always been my favorite day of the year because I would feel like I had a whole year ahead of me and all of the stress would go away. That's why my request was for January 1st and she did that for me so I'm very happy that we have that day as our anniversary.
Happy belated birthday as well! Has married life changed your set from what it once was?
Thanks so much! Well, I think my act is much better now! Everyone who knew me thought my act would go down because of the things I always talk about but they didn't realiz that I was marrying this crazy, bisexual, swinger chick who was kind of the culmination of everything that I had always looked for in my entire life. [Laughs.] So my act now has become funnier because my life has been revitalized and it feels fresh to me again. I'm getting older, and when you write about the same thing over and over, it starts to even make you bored. When a comedian gets bored, it's death on stage. I think now, I have this whole new life to talk about and it made me happier on stage.
Well I've been a fan for over 10 years and I know you comics like to shit all over yourselves but seriously, you've been consistent.
Thanks Ali! So you've watched me grow up and mature. [Laughs.] That's what I wanted to maintain on stage, my childlike fascination with boobies but also, I want to talk about marriage from a mature standpoint. I want to put a positive voice on marriage! Everyone is so negative about it and I think it's really fucking cool to have a cool partner that is confident and sexy.
So now that you don't do "Sex and Swinging with Mitch and Jessica" on SiriusXM anymore, have you two thought about collaborating on anything else?
We did just do a reality show for A&E matter of fact. Because of the whole thing that just happened with Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty, A&E decided that they don't want to air our pilot and are trying to sell it to another network. So cross your fingers that we'll have a TV show on this year. We're really hoping that another network will pick it up!
Oh my god, that'd be amazing! It's interesting too that you've said some insane stuff and somehow, you haven't been smeared in the media. What's the secret?
I think if I had a TV show right now I'd get in a lot more trouble. I mean, these days it scares me that people are taking their right to be offended as a right to mean that they should never ever be offended. I'm getting weirded out by all of these things and all of these stupid apologies. I don't really get it. It's like you can't say anything! It's a different world than where I came up but I will never stop writing what I feel.
I'm glad to hear that because I didn't grow up like that either. I was teased plenty but it was never called "bullying."
Amen! And by the way, these forced apologies are just power moves. It's just so the person who was offended now feels power and can be like, we make you say this! It's just so fucking dumb. The apologies don't mean anything and they don't change anything. It's getting to the point where everyone is freaking out over the smallest shit. Like they're just sitting there waiting to be offended! To me, the people who laugh it off are the powerful ones. When Phil Robertson said his thing I was like, he has the right to be a fucking moron! I thought, why are we making him so important like we care what he says? They gave him so much power! And I fully support the gay community obviously because my wife is bisexual but, really? It really offended gays that Phil Robertson doesn't like what you do? Wouldn't it be a little odder if he did like what you do? Would you even want him to? It's weird to me.
Speaking of weird things, I saw you mention on Twitter that Miley Cyrus should look up Avril Lavigne because she's famous and talented. Care to tell me when you became such a huge Avril fan?
[Laughs.] It's so funny because you tweet stuff and it seems serious but really, I was working out that day and that retarded "Sk8er Boi" song came on and I was jamming out to it. I don't really love her but I guess now it's on record that I do so that's funny. Quite honestly, I don't even know Miley Cyrus or her songs but I think she's kind of cool because she makes people get upset, and I like that. I don't know anything about either of them really but it makes you realize that people take apart things that you write and you have to be very careful about that stuff. I probably won't be careful about it though because it's fun to me! [Laughs.] I do this new joke in my act that women shouldn't do porn because it will follow them around and they can never get away from it. It's funny that I don't even follow my own advice when it comes to Twitter because I guess now I'm an Avril Lavigne fan. I guess I just have to accept it, I did it to myself.
Wait until someone adds to your Wiki page that you love Avril as a "fun fact."
I'll change it to something like I finger fucked her and I'll add we met at a party and it'll make me seem a little cooler.
It'd be really cool if she came to Irvine to see you since you're such a big fan and all. Screw her though, I can't wait to see you there.
[Laughs.] Thanks so much! You know my newest CD "Public Display of Perversion" came out in 2013 and I think it's my best work since "Miniskirts and Muffins." I have about thirty-five minutes of new material and it's mixed in with about twenty minutes of some of the old classics. I think it has become one of the better shows that I've done and I'm very excited about my stand-up because like I said, it feels really fresh!
Mitch Fatel performs at the Irvine Improv on January 23rd -26th, 71 Fortune Drive Irvine, CA 92618., (949) 854-5455. For tickets go to www.Improv.com. For more info, check out Mitch's website www.MitchFatel.com and follow him on Twitter @MitchFatel.