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Marco Island Entertainment – Mitch Fatel’s odyssey returns to Off the Hook

Date posted: October 31, 2012

Mitch Fatel’s odyssey returns to Off the Hook

‘Sweet, yet perveted’ comedian takes stage this weekend.

Written by Don Manley

Mitch Fatel. / Special to the Sun Times

Mitch Fatel’s comedy odyssey has taken him from a youth in Yonkers, to the Howard Stern Show, to stand-up gigs across the U.S. and appearances on the creme-de-la-creme of late-night talk shows over the last 19 years.

Now Fatel’s journey brings him to the Off the Hook Comedy Club, where he will perform Thursday through Sunday.

This will be his third engagement at Off the Hook. Fatel has fond memories of the club and Marco – so fond, in fact, he hopes to move to the island someday.

“I’ve always have a fun time,” said Fatel. “The first time I got to Marco Island, I said, ‘Where’s this place been all my life.’ It’s become this really fun gig for comics. I still feel that we shouldn’t let the world know about Marco. I don’t know what it is, but it has a very peaceful feeling to me. It’s very magical. There’s got to be something magical for people to want to come play a seafood restaurant.”

Fatel has appeared numerous times on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and he served as a correspondent on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” from 2002 to 2009.

A pair of Comedy Central specials, two stand-up CDs and a DVD – “Mitch Fatel is Magical” – as well as the honor of being named “Best Stand-up Comedian” at the Aspen Comedy Festival also highlight his resume.

Fatel’s delivery has been described as a “nasally, deadpan whine” that leaves him sounding more like a youth than a grown man.

That delivery is used to delve into the topic that dominates his comedy – sex.

“I think the best way to describe my comedy is the way it’s been described by other people and I think the most apt description is from ‘The David Letterman Show’ where they said, ‘He is sweet, yet perverted,’” Fatel said.

“I think I can talk about girls in a way most guys can’t because it comes from a good place,” said Fatel. “It’s more a celebration of women than it is a degradation of them.”

Fatel said he and his fiancee, Jessica Mayhugh, are tying the knot in December “and I think people understand that if a girl is marrying me, it (his comedy) comes from a very sweet place.”

Fatel, 34, began performing stand-up at age 15 in his native New York City, following through on a promise he made to his mother when he was 5 that show business was in his future.

“I used to watch TV and I told my mom, ‘I’m going to be on TV some day.’ I always knew this was my calling. I liked being funny all the time and I liked making people laugh in school. My parents bought me my first Steve Martin album and I said, ‘Oh, that’s what I want to do.”

After high school, Fatel attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for one year, during which he scored an internship on Howard Stern’s radio show.

When he moved on from the internship, he was replaced by a friend, John Melendez, who became one of Stern’s favorite foils, “Stuttering John.”

Fatel has a third CD due for release in February with a working title of “I love.”

He and Mayhugh also are collaborating on a couple projects.

One of them is a podcast titled “The Dirty, Dirty Show.”

“Jessica is studying to be a sex therapist and we’ll be teaching people how to have a hot sex life like us,” said Fatel.

Fatel said they are meeting with network executives on creating a reality show based on their lives.

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