Smashing Stories


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

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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

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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!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Henry says:

    Hello I started getting your emails for the pictures they cracked me up. Never was sure what you did other then travel a lot and take clever humorous pictures as time goes on your emails fade. Today I open your email looking to see where you are and a good picture. Wow your a podcast host (I listen to many podcasts) I’m a new fan of your podcast! Congratulations

    1. melaniehamlett says:

      Awww thanks!!

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