When you grow up in Kansas with a cast of dysfunctional family members, what do you do with your life? For Melissa it was an easy choice: she became a comedian.
Melissa started her comedy career while attending The University of Kansas. She wrote jokes for the morning radio show at Q104 in Kansas City, MO. After graduating with a degree in journalism Melissa headed for Hollywood to seek her fame and fortune. Her first big break came from the world famous Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. She got a job as a waitress. At the encouragement of some of the Comedy Store comics Melissa did her first open mic night and hasn’t looked back since.
Melissa made her Television Debut as a series regular on Socially Offensive Behavior with D.L. Hughley on B.E.T. More recently, Melissa’s impressions of Kathy Griffin and Jennifer Aniston made her a recurring performer on Frank TV on TBS and also landed her a screen test for SNL. Her previous television credits include Short Circuitz with Nick Cannon and Atom TV and Vh1. Besides stand up Melissa has also written and produced sketches that have appeared on Comedy Central and MTV. Melissa and her sketch group, Hot Box performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and their video “All I Want for Christmas is Jews” is a viral hit with close to one million views.
Melissa is a regular at the Laugh Factory, the Improv, and has performed at the Comedy Store in Hollywood and La Jolla. She has recently taken her act on the road, having performed at the Laugh Factory in Hawaii, the Punchline in San Francisco, Gotham in New York City and the Improvs and Funny Bones across the country. Melissa received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was a featured comedian in the New York Comedy Festival, and a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition, and has also used her act as a blueprint for her one woman show, “What’s the Point?”
Melissa is working on her new solo show, “The Ginger of OZ” and her new comedy CD will be released this fall. Melissa can also be found hosting karaoke, writing on her blog Almost Fabulous at MelissaMcQueen.com, and can be heard as a recurring guest on Maxim radio. She is currently in the cast of the online TV show "ACME Saturday Night".
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