Multi-ethnic and bi-cultural, Melanie is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia. Melanie is an award-winning writer, comic, and storyteller who performs all over the world. She just filmed her first half hour comedy special, BRASH GIRLS CLUB, in Los Angeles. She represented Indonesia in the Semifinals of the Laugh Factory's Funniest Person in the World Competition 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. The judges awarded her one of the highest scores for her performance. Melanie is the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Abe Forman-Greenwald that follows her stand-up journey as an Indonesian-American comic. You can hear her stand-up and stories on the PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER and RISK! podcasts.
Melanie’s digital series, THE COMMANDMENTS OF LILY, is currently being developed by WB’s Stage 13. She is also developing a half hour series with Zadan Meron Productions (Universal).
Her first play, KISS ME ON THE MOUTH, was directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis and produced by InViolet Theatre Company at Center Stage New York. KISS ME ON THE MOUTH received rave reviews and had a sold out run. Variety called it a “contained, smart script” that “exhibits plenty of wit, craft and, most of all, heart.” KISS ME ON THE MOUTH was a Princess Grace Award semifinalist.
She is a two-time Moth StorySLAM winner and the storytelling champion of IO West's Funny Women Festival 2015. She is the host of SHOOT 'EM UP, a storytelling show produced by Moth producer Gary Buchler. Melanie has had the privilege of being a part of the Funny Women Festival, Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival, Green Gravel Comedy Festival, Arch City Comedy Festival, LA Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Burbank Comedy Festival, and the LA Improv Comedy Festival. She was honored to headline the Red Nose Foundation Comedy Gala in Jakarta.
Melanie is a founding member of InViolet Theater Company and a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio, both in New York City.
Currently living in Los Angeles, she is developing new works for film, television, and theatre. She is proud to be a mentor at the Young Storytellers Foundation where she works with young writers.