Mitch Fatel is not a political comic. "No, not at all. Zero," he insists. "No interest in politics. I figure there are a lot of other people who do it better than me, and I know what I do well." Fatel doesn't think his audience is looking for those kinds of jokes. "I always feel like when people come to see me, they're coming to forget about the world. I don't like to remind them of what's going on. I always feel like people like to get lost in my world when they're at my shows." He prefers to talk about his favorite subject: girls. "Women save every single thing you give them," he tells an audience. "What we consider gifts they consider potential evidence that can be used against you at a later date. That's why they have so many shoes. They need the boxes to save all their crap." Fatel is unique in that he is one of the few comics who actually sits down and writes his material, as opposed to making notes throughout the day, and experimenting onstage. "I write two times a day," he explains, "first thing in the morning when I wake up and again at 5 or 6 o'clock at night for another half-hour." It's something he's always enjoyed. Well, sort of. "I think I agree with a quote from one of my favorite writers, Somerset Maugham. 'I hate writing, but I love having written,' and I feel like for me that's exactly how it is. I despise sitting down and writing, but I love looking down after I've written something and seeing how it looks."
July 8-12, 8 p.m.; July 11-12, 10:30 p.m., 2008
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