Mel, known to most as the Sarge first sprung out of the comedic closet in 2001 to compete in JJJ's Raw Comedy Competition and made it to the State finals.
That same years she took out The University Campus Comedy Competition (hosted by TREV) and since has appeared at every major Victorian University and beyond.
In 2003 she launched the Not So Blue… Stocking Campus Comedy Tour to celebrate women in Education for Blue Stocking Week. The tour has been running now four years and taken in every state, acts including established comics Janet A McLeod, Penny Tangey, Tanya Losanno, Nelly Thomas, Christina Adams, Geraldine Hicky and more.
In 2004 she launched The Best of Campus Comedy Tour that played every major university statewide then headed to Tasmania. Acts involved included Andrew McClelland, The Bedroom Philosopher, Danny McGinlay, Josh Earl, Duff and more.
Mel took to the airwaves in 2001 guest hosting 3CR's howdarewewhoarewe? with fellow comedienne Elissa Hawke and then went onto hosting fill in shifts at 3RRR before taking up a role at SYN 907 FM hosting and eventually producing their breakfast show Toasted for three years where she interviewed top Australian Tim Rogers, The Cat Empire, The Sleepy Jackson, Jet, Mia Dyson, Cutcopy, Dallas Crane, Jimeon, Eddie Perfect and more. She covered The Australian Jack Daniels Music Awards for SYN for two years in a row and interviewed Regurgitator live before they headed into the bubble for SYN TV on C 31.
Mel jumped on the box in 2002 for Channel 31's Raucous which was the launching pad for Rove and the cast from Rove Live continuing on for a second season finishing mid year. In 2003 the show was nominated for three Antenna Awards. In 2004 she was cast on The Sauce which featured news and current affairs with a twist. Herself and Matt Tinney who’s now reporting for WIN made up Street Chilli Sauce doing voxies and covering events like the AFI’s and the Logies. They also contributed various sketches to the show that acted as breakers and Mel contributed various topical ‘rants’ from landmarks around Melbourne. The show took out three Antennas at the Australian Community TV Awards in 2005.
Mel has a strong political air apparent to much of her comedy inspired by her social conscience fueled in the main by her study of Law at Deakin Uni Melbourne. She has played at the Trades Hall for MP Gavin Jennings arguing alongside comedy legend Rod Quantock and Nic Economou that 'Politics is show business for the ugly' and run room’s alongside well known satirist Rachel Berger and Melbourne’s Duff. BROKEN at the Butterfly Club played to sold out houses for four weeks running in April of 2005 with the line ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If it is, all you can do is laugh about it’. Performers included Tim Minchin, Eddie Perfect, Earl Okin who commented on the world at hand as they saw it.
Festival wise she performed alongside Tanya Losanno in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, The WA Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival MICF during 2003 in Silly Billy described by MX Nightlife as ‘a hilarious mix of stand-up, and multimedia’ then stepped up to the plate with a solo show in 2004’s MICF 2004 with Go Hard or Go Home!, which chronicled her true life story as a former Sate Triathlon Champion. Helen Razer from The Age reviewed the show as ‘pretty damn funny!’. For 2006’s MICF she ran a room prior to the Festival with musical comedian Josh Earl called ‘SNEAK PREVIEWS’ at the Butterfly Club. The room played to sold out houses and featured the best of Melbourne’s comedy talent including Adam Hills, Andy McClelland, Anthony Menchetti, Richard and Adam McKenzie, Tripod, Michael Chamberlain, Justin Hamilton, Justin McGinlay, Danny McGinlay, Lawrence Mooney and more.
Mel's energy is infectious. All efforts to sedate the Sarge have failed. You’ll just have to run after her!