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From "Accidentally Funny" to Award Winning Comedian: Recovery Comedy interviews Melinda
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Melinda is a comedian, writer and actress who travels the world doing stand-up with a focus on healing through humor, overcoming addiction, and female empowerment. Her smart storytelling style inspired the LA Weekly to call her "the female David Sedaris" and the Examiner to call her "a female Louie." She voices multiple characters on the Emmy-winning series Adventure Time and is the other half of the viral hit Confessions of a Tooth Fairy with Kristen Wiig. Her stand-up has been featured on The Late Late Show, Bonnie Hunt Show, BBC's World Stands Up, Comics Unleashed, Who Wants To Date a Comedian, Stand Up In Stilettos and Comedy TV. Other TV/ film appearances include Cameron Crowe’s Roadies, Comedy Central's Pretend Time with Nick Swardson, Reno 911, The Sarah Silverman Program, Important Things with Demetri Martin, Bill Maher's Bright Day, The Winner, Frank TV, Glory Daze, and Chris Kattan's Bollywood Hero.
She created, wrote, produced and starred in the digital series Romantic Encounters with Melinda, which won "outstanding achievement in writing and acting" at LA Web Fest, was an LA Weekly Web Award nominee for "best comedy series" and was an IndieWire Critic's Pick. It was also selected as a finalist in the 2014 “Make Em Laff” competition sponsored by Funny or Die and Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2013 she created the web series All Growz Up and in 2014 she cocreated The Program with Maria Bamford produced by Funny or Die Productions.
Her live show "What’s Up, Tiger Lily" was named "best stand up show" in LA Weekly & LAist and her critically acclaimed CD The Accidental Bisexual is available on iTunes. She’s a regular comedian at The Improv, Comedy Store, and storytelling shows like Sit N Spin at Comedy Central Stage. She is a regular contributor for Huffington Post Comedy, XOJane and Hellogiggles and her essays have been featured in LA Innuendo & Opium Magazine.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Melinda:  We moved 27 times so I was always the new girl. I did a lot of plays and made up characters and voices around the house.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Melinda:  15 years…An acting teacher suggested I go into comedy because I was “accidentally funny.” I loved the autonomy of writing and creating your own material.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Melinda:  Yes, those first few years of comedy were brought to you by vodka and cigarettes.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Melinda:  Yes, my message is focused healing through humor—empowering and inspiring the human race.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Melinda:  Maria Bamford, Louis CK, Kristen Wiig, Steve Martin and all comedians who repurpose their material into books, movies, series and specials. I love silly, absurd, poignant and smart comedy.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Melinda:  Life. It’s all around us at all times.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Melinda:  I am really just a channel for what happens in life. I think of it more as transcribing than writing.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Melinda:  Deep dish pizza and red wine—just being alone on a couch with that stuff like “you can’t hurt me cuz I’m gonna hurt me!”, getting sick, bringing it out to the trash bins for someone less
fortunate to enjoy, perhaps a homeless person…then bringing it back in 2 hours later to finish myself and realizing I’m the person less fortunate. : (

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Melinda:  Yes, although whenever I tell my mom about a success she says “that’s great honey, I hope that ends up working out for you one day.” I’m like it just did end up working out for me, this day, the day that I got the job."

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Melinda:  Absolutely. If I can find the light in a dark situation it not only heals me but it heals countless others going through a similar thing by enabling them to find the humor in it.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Melinda:  Bombing on America’s Got Talent.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Melinda:  Performing for troops in 12 countries, cancer patients and just people who really needed it.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Melinda:  The ones that heal.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Melinda:  To write and star in my own series, movies and specials.

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