- Some of you know her from her week as Jewish Girl of the Week.
- Some of you know her from her popular blog FFJD (previously Fifty First J Dates)
- Some of you know her from all the events she throws.
- Some of you know her from her new blog, Girls Aren’t Funny.
Stephen Richer (SR): What exactly are you up to these days?
Meredith Fineman (MF): I founded a digital PR company, FinePoint, after leaving New Media Strategies. FinePoint attempts to combine my more traditional PR and communications inclinations with my digital background. I also launched a new site, Girls Arent Funny, to highlight female humorists and foster new ones. I also freelance write.
SR: Any especially cool clients?
MF: I’ve done some great work with DC-area stores and restaurants. I represent some writers putting out books, which I love. I also do start-up advising about entering the DC market. I had an interesting client, Votizen, here with me for White House Correspondents Weekend.
SR: What’s the inspiration behind the new blog? How many people are reading it?
MF: The inspiration behind GAF is my own personal frustration with the opportunities and visibility of female humor writers. Women are making tremendous strides in comedy – video, movies, stand-up- but there’s still a mega dearth of humor and satire writers. I also find that there isnt’ enough of a space for humor writing itself, so I am hoping to fill that gap. While the site highlights funny ladies from around the web, I really want women young and old to submit original essays. I’ll be writing some essays too. I have no idea how many people are reading it. With this site, I just care that it inspires funny women to write.
SR: How is FFJD doing these days? Any big new developments?
MF: FFJD is taking a nap. My intern, Constance, had a Britney-esque 2007 meltdown and is currently taking some time off. I’m working on turning it into a book. If you’d like to give me a deal, please reach out. If you’d like a transcript of the site, which is 400 single-spaced pages, I’d be happy to share.
SR: What’s the next big party you’re throwing?
MF: I’d love to throw a warehouse party, a la the Crackcident Girls Episode on HBO. But DC ain’t no Bushwick. Stay tuned.
SR: Do you really dress this fancy each day for work?!?! (see Washingtonian Article: What I Wear to Work) I normally wear shorts and a t-shirt… But I really love the blue shoes!
MF: I dress like that occasionally. Otherwise, it’s yoga pants.
SR: When are we going to be able to trick you into being a regular writer for GTJ?
MF: When you pay me.