SAMPLES > Mel Moon

Wolverhampton University (Walsall campus) - 28th February 2008

Mel is rushed off her feet. She has just finished her open spot set for the student comedy night at the Walsall campus SU bar.

Having had some problems with the rest of the acts turning up late (they seemed to have been sent to the wrong SU) Mel was forced to go on first. She was, however, pleased with tonight’s set especially for a student gig.

“Obviously Uni guys aren’t my peers,” she says, “I’m a 28-year old single Mum. But, yeah, they were a nice crowd. People think students want less, but they actually want more.”

True that. True. That.

I ask her if she enjoys doing student gigs.

“Yes.” She replies, “I get sent everywhere.”

But she does find it difficult to connect with the student culture especially the whole being-in-student-halls-of-residence-and-getting-drunk-every-night thing.

Those were her words but nobody can chastise her for them seeing as we’re sat in a student bar on a Wednesday night. And I’d already had a couple of pints myself.

I also ask her if she felt under pressure after having been put on first due to difficulties.

“No, you get used to it.” She says. “You have to be prepared to go on at anytime. If you’re not prepared to go on at a certain point then you’re not prepared to go on at all.”

She sits forward on the leather battered couch with her hands clasped on her knees as we chat in what we designated as the quietest corner of the room.

Mel has only been a stand-up comedienne for about five months, having written comedy for television and other forms of media in the past four years. Though she says she wouldn’t mind going back to writing.

Songs are also an integral part of her set and I ask her if she finds it difficult to draw on female inspiration because of it.

“Well, most women comediennes are like men in women’s bodies.” She says, “You know, they’re not very girly.”

She says she gets compared to Victoria Wood all the time due to her comedic songs.

She also indulges me (for the benefit of you lucky, lucky readers) in some tips and words of wisdom for any aspiring comic:

“You’re never going to be 100% original. This is the 21st Century, every idea has been done. Write what you know. Find your angle.”

Mel is in a bit of a rush tonight. She has to leave in about ten minutes.

“I’m now going over to Hollybush to headline.”

She feels a bit more under pressure when headlining a show.

“You have to be the better one.” She admits, “Tonight was a good set but I might go to my next one and die on my arse.”

Mel thanks me and gets ready to head off to her next gig, but not without leaving me with some parting words first:

“If you can make one person laugh, that can transfer itself to a room full of people. Find your voice. People have come to laugh, so you’re the missing piece of the puzzle. You don’t know you’re going to be any good until you do it.”


For more information on Mel Moon and when and where she will be next gigging you can check out her Myspace page at melamoon.

You can also email her for audio CDs.



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