On the Spot: Rachel Feinstein

Rachel Feinstein is coming home. The New York-based comic grew up in Bethesda, Md., and spent her youth skateboarding around Metro stations and going to hardcore shows in D.C. Now, Feinstein, who dropped her first album, “Thug Tears,” last fall, returns home to headline Riot Act comedy club’s final three shows and tape a new political comedy special for Showtime featuring Pauly Shore, “Pauly-tics,” at the 9:30 Club.

What do you remember about growing up in Bethesda?
[My dad and I would] go to Cabin John Park. There was a trash can that had a pig on it and it made this oinking sound when you threw trash in it, so I remember that was absolutely exhilarating as a kid. I just wanted to get to that pig. Everything else was [expletive] before that pig.

You’re part of the “Pauly-tics” special. Do you usually do political material?
This will be my first time doing political material on TV. It’s got me into a new kind of writing, which is good. I can write topical and political stuff, but I don’t tend to. I usually just write personal stories about my life. I used to go to shows at the 9:30 Club, so that will be fun.

You were on MTV2’s “Hip-Hop Squares.”
I spent the most time with Biz Markie, only because his square was next to mine. He had this chain around his neck that was [an image of] himself, with Jesus’ hair. He put it over my neck — he crowned me with it.

Riot Act, 801 E St. NW; Thu. & Fri., $12-$22; 202-697-4900. (Gallery Place)
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Sat., 5:30 & 9 p.m., $20; 202-265-0930. (U Street)

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