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".