Cape Town based Mel is a proud resident of Mitchell’s Plain. She describes herself as “the favourite” of three siblings.
She is a single mother, an award-winning comedian, an energetic MC, and an award-winning radio producer and presenter.
Her whirlwind romance with comedy started when she was warmly-received for her performance in a local comedy gala only 6 short weeks after doing her very first open mic. spot. Since then, you may have heard her on the radio as the former co-presenter of the morning show on 94.5 kFM. She has also performed on SABC3’s Comedy Showcase, the Phat Joe show, the King Size Comedy Tour, the Blacks Only Comedy Show, Mind The Gap, The Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Kings & Queens of Comedy, the critically acclaimed comedy & sketch show, ‘Bitches’ and the Vodacom Funny Festival where she was their very first female host. Other platforms have included Comedy Central, Friday Funnies on Expresso, the Jo’burg International Comedy Festival and the Cape Town International Comedy Festival. Mel was a celebrity contestant on the local TV gameshow, Noot Vir Noot, as part of an all-female line-up on a Showmax comedy special.
On the corporate front, she is hugely popular as a corporate comedian and MC.
There’s also a strong possibility that you may have read about her in various magazines (not the ‘bikini’ mags, but rather the edu-tainment ones). She was also invited to join the ranks of an elite group who were selected to be the guest editor for an edition of Khuluma magazine.
She’s was featured in a book called ‘Mitchell’s Plain – A Place in the Sun’ which led to an award-winning production, in which she starred. The production was also showcased at the Suidoosterfees at the Artscape in Cape Town for 2 years in a row. And, staying true to her roots has earned her a title of one of 12 ‘Mitchell’s Plain Heroes’. These people were selected as individuals who have and continue to uplift the community and inspire young people who grow up in similar surroundings.
The comedy shows, ‘Doing It for the Money’, ‘Still Doing It’ and her solo show, Just Me with an “L”, have been met with great reviews.
Mel takes laughter and hilarity very seriously and, as one of only a handful of female comediennes in the country, she is part of a very exclusive club.