Mitch Fatel: Miniskirts & Muffins

Who doesn’t like miniskirts and muffins? It’s got to be one of the best combinations since belly buttons and body shots, but hey, that’s just me.

New York comedian Mitch Fatel loves muffins and miniskirts too, so much that he decided to name his first comedy CD after them. “Sometimes when I’m eating a blueberry muffin and it’s so tasty and delightful, I think, ‘Wow, this is better than sex,’” he says to the audience at the Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis. “And sometimes when I’m having sex, I’m thinking, ‘Wow, this is very expensive. I should have just gotten a muffin.’”

Fatel’s stand up is sharp and original, with material that flirts with the edge but never quite crosses the line as he slides punchlines into his dialog like blueberries into muffin batter. The short, messy-haired Fatel has a voice and delivery that radiates a childlike innocence and a perverted guilt all at the same time. His style and look go hand in hand as he comes across as the bastard son of Howie Mandell and Stephen Wright. His awkward demeanor and adolescent fascination for sex has become his signature, and if there ever were a comedian built for innocent perversion, it would be Fatel. “Having a penis is fun,” he says. “It’s like having a friend that always wants to play.”

Fatel tells simple stories yet suddenly blindsides the crowd with a crass, hilarious punchline that hits the audience in the face. “I would be gay if you didn’t have to do the gay-sex part… I don’t think I would like that,” Fatel says in his broken delivery. “I think after a couple of minutes, I would be like, ‘Ow, quit it! Let’s just snuggle, dude.’”

In short, Miniskirts & Muffins is a steaming, fresh CD that will leave the house smelling delicious. And if listeners actually are eating muffins, it’ll make them choke with laughter. On the other hand, they may not realize the CD is even on if there actually is a woman in a miniskirt in the room…but I doubt that’ll happen.