The Risk! Podcast
1) My best Risk! story
The most important story I’ve ever told, which Risk! dedicated the whole hour to.
This is the real Melanie Hamlett right here. This is not me on stage trying to make people laugh or hiding behind jokes (though the story is super funny, believe it or not). This is me opening up my heart and telling the most personal story I have to a million listeners the way I would tell it to a friend. I told this story to hopefully give other survivors the strength to leave or at least the hope of a good life to look forward to once they do.
2) My second favorite Risk story
This one is a really important story about masculinity, how much men and teenage boys suffer under this and what it looks like when a woman is just as toxic. If you liked my viral Harper’s Bazaar piece recently, you’ll love this story. It’s funny too, I swear! My second hour-long story for Risk!
3) This is maybe my funniest story, which also got me the nickname “clown fucker” from other comedians and fans of the podcast.
4) This is a story about that time I was couchsurfing all over Argentina and ended up dating my host.
5) And this one is about me getting aroused after I was touched by Hot Jesus in the Christian-themed amusement park
Click here to watch the video instead (look… I’m wearing a SKIRT)
7) This is the one about my dad and what a little asshole I was as a teenager and how it landed me on house arrest
8) This is a funny but oddly personal story about being single in your 30’s and having a weird relationship with a doll out of utter loneliness (like Wilson style).
9) This is the story of me forgiving my dad after years of blaming all my problems on him. This is one of my favorite stories. It’s in video instead of podcast form
10) Here’s my very first story for Risk! about screwing a hot Argentinian polo player while on family vacation.
My Smashing Stories Podcast
For episodes of my podcast on iTunes, click here.
*I was a guest on Linda Bradly Walsh’s podcast, Hate Date. Click here to listen to me talk about my sex life and how I have learned to create my flawless firewall on tinder.
* I was on this podcast by Comedy couple Kelly Hudson (funny or die) and Dan Klein (Wet Hot American Summer, etc etc)
*A video of me telling a dating story at an LA show. Click here to watch
*Here’s a podcast interviewI was in about the craft of storytelling
*And here’s the story about the self-destructive life of a ski instructor
So, just like everyone else, I have a podcast!
Join me and other comedians, storytellers, writers, actors, filmmakers, and songwriters as we tell the stories behind the stories we tell and call ourselves out on our bullshit.
Episode 1: David Crabb
David Crabb (author, “Bad Kid” and Moth host) confronts Melanie about using men for sex! Melanie digs deep into David’s “gay goth kid” past and his evolving family relationships
Episode 2: Brock Wilbur
Melanie goes high and low-brow with Brock Wilbur, discussing their changing POV and its impact on the biggest stories of their lives. The low-brow? The true meaning of “donkey punch”!
Episode 3: Jonathan Bradley Welch
On this episode, I talk to Jonathan Bradley Welch about dating and sex and relationships and what assholes we are sometimes. Find him hosting The Big Blue To Do podcast and The Q at UCB Sunset in Los Angeles.
Episode 4: Baron Vaughn
In this episode, I’m joined by Baron Vaughn, one of the funniest comedians I know and also the star of one of my favorite shows, Grace and Frankie (he’s also in Netflix’s new Mystery Science Theater 3000!). This was one of the most thought-provoking conversations I’ve had with anyone in a long time (but funny cuz it’s Baron). He and I get deep and he talks about family secrets and people’s perceptions of him as a black man on stage and how he doesn’t talk about what people expect him to. Too bad you can’t hear what happened After the show when he spent 45 minutes trying to explain singularity and AI to me. Now I’m terrified of the future and robots. Anywho, this is a truly fantastic episode.
Episode 5: Shannon Coffey
This time we have Shannon Coffey from MTV’s Girlcode and host of VH1 top 20 Countdown. This was a super fun episode to record. Also, I’m such a jerk and totally part of the problem because I’ve had FOUR men on my show and this is my first woman comedian. Internalized misogyny be damned!
Episode 6: John Flynn
John is one of the people who taught me in storytelling class in NYC ages ago. He’s got just as many insane stories as I do. Like, I fucked a clown, he fucked a midget (though he says “little person” because I think maybe I’m not using an appropriate term). He’s won the Moth a shit ton of times, is a co-creator of the UCB’s hit show The Nights of Our Lives, and he’s in a shit ton of stuff. He’s basically my storytelling/comedy rock.
Episode 7: Lauren Reeves
Lauren Reeves is a badass. Being from ALASKA and all, she makes everyone around her (including me!) feel like they haven’t seen shit. Like, if I get trapped under a building in an LA earthquake, I want her nearby.
She’s also a talented comedian, writer, and actress. She currently works for the TV show @Midnight but has been on Conan, SNL, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, you name it. I have finally found someone with as dark of a sense of humor as me!