Drew my album art. December 10th my four song EP “Leap” will be out on iTunes. <3
People have always asked me, “Melissa why are you so modest?”
I will tell you why! It’s because I have a tough ass Latina mom that puts me in my place whenever I start to have an attitude!
She rocks and I wouldn’t change that for the world. <3
If I can find any Starbucks anywhere I travel, you can guarantee that I will be there. It makes me feel as though I am home and safe. Love that feeling… Don’t be mistaken though. I do enjoy trying new places for coffee or food, but just this taste is very comforting. It is needed when any person travels alone for many years.
I am currently in Columbia, South Carolina! I am performing tonight at 8 pm at the University of South Carolina… a student mentioned “the original USC”. THat makes sense to me.
I only have a few more chapters of “Catcher in the Rye”. I exercised (ran) every day this week, even this morning I hit the gym. It makes me feel so mighty and happy. Please, if you are gloomy, just run, exercise. It gets you out of your damn head. Sorry I am using “damn”. Holden’s way of speaking is catching on to me. After my 40 minute run, I laid on the mat sweating and breathing. I told myself, “listen to your breathing”. I also told myself, “This is nice. This is very nice. To be still, alone, exhausted, and thankful.”
THank you to all who read my posts. It means a lot. I know I tend to jump to different subjects and I hope you understand. The way I write is by allowing any new thought rush straight to my fingers (the keys). It’s the same rule I have for my daily paper journal. So be happy that I share just as much on here as I do in my journal. I don’t judge myself, even when I am in the wrong. I simply learn and move on, but when in the moment of an intense emotion, I write, write, and write. It is my way of letting off steam so as not to hurt any person verbally or physically. I write in my journal and I write jokes for my stand up.
That’s how I roll.
Anyway, can you believe next week is Thanksgiving? Holy guacamole! I am excited to bring out my annual holiday pullover sweater. It’s from the Gap and I have had it since I was in high school. I absolutely love it. It’s super cozy and I can’t get rid of it. It’s become a tradition now. My siblings call it my “Neal” sweater. Because Neal in the movie “The Santa Clause” wears nothing but pullover sweaters. Hahah.
I definitely will be missing my older brother this Holiday season though. He moved to NYC. It’s too expensive for him to come home, but I know that I will be making my way out to New York often to hang out with him and also do shows at the clubs there.
Have a nice day,
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Enjoy! Newest. We were both in NYC and I did my best to record with the microphone from voice memo’s. The audio ain’t too shabby! Give it a listen!
NYC (November 8th-12th 2013):
Did 7 shows from Saturday night to Tuesday night. Different venues. All wonderful.
Scranton, Pennsylvania (November 13th):
Great show at University of Scranton! I just love, LOVE crowds that understand me as well as where my pain is driven. I do hope they stick by me as years and time goes by. I am slowly but surely building my little army of fans/friends. They are my mini-me’s. Then someday if I ever become famous I can say that famous line, “I want to thank my fans! Without you I wouldn’t be here!” hahaha then I’ll laugh and say, “Oh how silly, but true.”
My parents accompanied me on this trip of college shows and it’s been nice. They are so funny and I love to be at this age where I finally understand the people they are and why they are the way they are. It’s difficult to see where they come from when i was a kid, but then we get older and wiser. Eventually, parents become your everything and your best friends.
We had a lovely dinner (breakfast) at a diner in Scranton last night. Chocolate chip pancakes, oatmeal, and hot coco! It was too cute.
We absolutely love the chilly weather. This is how the holiday season is supposed to be. I am from California where it’s always warm and sure it’s nice, but grass is always greener folks. As a kid, I used to watch Christmas movies with snow and wondered what that would be like. We blasted Christmas music as we drove from NYC to PA to NJ.
Tonight I have a show at Drew University in New Jersey. I have quite a few new jokes to share. I am so excited. To me, a new joke is a newborn baby. (GOO GOO GA GA)..
M to the E to the L-I-S-S-A!!!!
I have been having a great time doing stand-up sets around town in NYC. It’s been wonderful to have cooler weather for the sake of my sweaty pits. Today, I just, I wanted to cry, but the tears couldn’t make their way.
I first did a set at New York Comedy Club at 7:40 pm. I forgot my canteen there and will go back tomorrow to pick it up. It was a packed house and I had a good time. Did my strong older jokes, which I don’t mind, and it was nice. Then I did a spot tonight at a place called “Greenwich Comedy Club”. Greenwich pronounced as “Gren-itch” (I remembered that because I told myself it rhymes with “quidditch”). I had an hour to kill before the show started and thought I might as well eat some food.
I walked down the street, MacDougal street, to find a place. I found a place to eat at called “Olive Tree Cafe” which is above Comedy Cellar. I walked towards the back of the cafe to the table where I sat when I was 21. 5 years ago. I sat there the night before my audition with Saturday Night Live. I was with my manager. I just had three killer stand up shows before I sat down. I ordered food, but couldn’t eat. I sat listening to older comedians talk and reunite with my manager. I was a little baby staring up at the adults and the comedy world of New York. I was 21 and still living at my parents house in Whittier. The next day I had a beautiful audition. While I auditioned there was a ghostly feeling that told me, “I’m home. You are home Melissa.”
After I glanced at the table I went downstairs to the Comedy Cellar to use the restroom. As I used the restroom, I could hear a comedian killing on stage in the packed house. I walk out and ran into a fellow comic I knew. I said hello and very soon she asked, “Did you audition for SNL?” I replied, “I’ve auditioned years ago and still submit every year.” She asked, “Why aren’t you on there? Seems like you are a shoe in.” Which I know comes from a good place, but to me it hurts.
Tonight, I ate at a different table and relived the same nerves that I had at 21. I felt the little ghost of me sit with me. I got confused tonight as I drank tea and ate a cheeseburger. I wanted to cry. Was I letting my ghost down? Did I turn my back on her? Does she still want SNL? I can’t tell. I wanted to cry, but I couldn’t. I did eat though. I did eat all my food. I’m not as nervous as I used to be.
My pal, and sketch comedian, Margot Major joins me as we talk hobbies, older brothers, and our favorite Christmases. Enjoy! It’s a cute one.
Not lying when I say this episode of “Melissa Show” is a great one.
My good friend and comedian, Jon DeWalt stops by and we discuss many things comedy, my pee problem, and do improv games (which I’m terrible at)!
Have some good laughs. Enjoy!!!
I love having a podcast. It’s so much fun! It’s great that once a week I can have a friend come over and we can chat about anything.
Hope you are enjoying the latest episodes of the “Melissa Show!”
I have been adjusting the microphones and I apologize for some of them, especially the one with Esther, the audio wasn’t the best. :(
But hopefully it gets better. We only learn through trial and error.
Have a nice Saturday.