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. Most recently 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. 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 LA Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Funny Women Festival, Burbank Comedy Festival, Green Gravel Comedy Festival, Arch City Comedy Festival, and the LA Improv Comedy Festival. Melanie was honored to headline the Red Nose Foundation Comedy Gala in Jakarta. You can hear her stories on the RISK! and TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE podcasts.
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 semi-finalist.
in 2016, her pilot THIRD WORLD ROYALTY was a Sundance Episodic Storytelling Lab semi-finalist, a Tracking Board Launch Pad honorable mention, and a Screencraft Pilot Launch quarter-finalist.
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.