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Hi! I'm Melanie. Here's something I wrote about myself in the third person because it sounds like someone else is singing my praises. Really it's just me.
Melanie Bracewell (that's me) has quickly carved out a path in the comedy scene with her impressive list of credits, showing she has a writing skill set well beyond her years. Bracewell has worked as a writer on all four seasons of the smash hit show ‘Wellington Paranormal’ - from the minds of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. She wrote full episodes covering everything from an out-of-touch 1930s ghost cop haunting the Mt. Victoria tunnel to ferocious alien plants that abduct cows.
From the moment she took the microphone for the first time, Melanie has been in hot demand, performing regularly in both in Australia and New Zealand. A popular contestant on ‘Have You Been Paying Attention’, she has managed to convince the Australian public to look past her accent, and realise she’s bloody funny (even if she is a kiwi). You may have also seen her being asked about her dating life on The Project, probed about her celebrity interactions on Triple J, or walking through the blue door on 'Thank God You're Here'.
There are very few successful New Zealand comedy shows that Melanie hasn’t been a part of. She’s contributed as a writer on 7 Days, Have You Been Paying Attention (NZ), Wellington Paranormal and Mean Mums all while performing award-winning shows all around the country.
Other notable performances include opening for Jim Gaffigan, opening for Norah Jones - yes, she really did comedy before a Norah Jones concert - and performing at a pro showcase with some real heavy hitters at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York. In 2023 she was invited to perform at the prestigious 'Just For Laughs' Festival in Montreal and smashed it in front of sold out crowds.
"A master of the stage" - NZ Herald
If you haven’t seen her on the stage or the screen yet, you’ve probably at least seen one of her tweets. They pop up everywhere, from Buzzfeed, to Playboy (the funny bits not the nude bits) and even The New York Times. She also reached worldwide fame when her impressions of Jacinda Ardern went viral, the story was covered by The Guardian and the BBC.
Oh, also a photo of her was featured on Conan?
Bracewell also is an experienced radio announcer. She has worked at the popular radio station ‘Radio Hauraki’ for 6 years, both as a producer and an announcer with her own weekend show.
It's on the festival circuit where Melanie truly thrives. Her first solo show 'Brace Yourself' won Best Newcomer at the NZ Comedy Festival, and the accolades kept flowing from there. In 2018, she won the prestigious Billy T Award for her second solo show 'Melodrama'. In 2021, Melanie had a sell-out season of ‘The Rumours Are True’ at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, won the Director’s Choice Award, was a regular panellist on ‘Have you Been Paying Attention (AU)’ and the host of the Network 10 series, ‘The Cheap Seats’. Melanie won Best Script: Comedy for her episode on ‘Wellington Paranormal’ at the NZ Television awards.
In 2022, Melanie toured through Australia with her show, Ooh La La, off the back of sold out shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, returned with with Season 2 of ‘Cheap Seats’ on Network 10, that was nominated for Most Popular Comedy Program at the TV Week Logie Awards. Furthermore, Melanie was also nominated for Graham Kennedy Award For Most Popular New Talent.
In 2023, Melanie performed a special encore of her show ‘Ooh La La’ at The Athenaeum in Melbourne and 'The Cheap Seats' won the Logie for Most Outstanding Entertainment show.
Furthermore, Melanie returned to New Zealand as the youngest person to ever host the New Zealand Comedy Festival Gala and toured her show, ‘Forget Me Not’, to sold out audiences and was a star in Taskmaster NZ Season 4.
Phew, that is a lot. If that isn’t good enough, you really need to lower your expectations.
2024 UK TOUR
22 Feb | Exeter
23 Feb | Bristol
24 Feb | Guildford
25 Feb | Brighton
28 Feb | Oxford
29 Feb | Leicester
01 Mar | Stafford
02 Mar | Edinburgh
03 Mar | Glasgow
08 Mar | London
09 Mar | Cambridge
10 Mar | Birmingham
2024 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
March - July
2024 NEW ZEALAND TOUR
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