Rachel Feinstein started her standup career as the opening act for her father’s blues outfit. Her set was based on impressions of her raucous relatives, a skill that became the foundation of the character-driven act audiences enjoy today. She was drawn to comedy for a simple reason: “I had a talent for it and an absence of talent for all things academic,” she explains. “I felt powerful when I was imitating people and being inappropriate. I felt a lack of power when I was attempting to complete any assignment. Luckily, my parents pushed me to do standup. They told all of us to do what we liked, or we would rapidly decay inside.” Having funny friends keeps her sharp (her bestie is Amy Schumer). “My closest friends are all funny,” she says. “I have this friend Mike Wood. We just went to lunch, and he was doing these ridiculous public falls, and I don’t think anything makes me laugh harder. I was laughing so hard I was crying and choking on my ice cream. I have a really hard time acting like an adult. It’s boring.” 18+.