Welcome to our Neurodiverse Universe
Melon Comedy is a global cause-powered comedy collective born in London, Melbourne & Manchester. Between us we have more three letter words to describe our melons than you’ve had anti-depressants. Together we are an ADHD-er. An ASD-er. A PMDD-er. So we have an unusual take on the world, which we hope is sometimes funny. As we’re writing this, the word ‘neurodiverse’ still gets underlined in red. We think that’s crazy. That’s why we make comedy about what it’s like to live with these different brain-types (as well as a whole load of other topics!). Hopefully one day ‘neurodivergent’ won’t be such a novelty, and people who think differently will feel more understood.
Melon was founded by author & comedy writer Lorelei Mathias, co-created by Emmy McMorrow, Nathalie Turton and various other writers…and performed with a huge cast from Josh Glanc to Joe Davies, Michael Spicer, Sarah Smart, Joseph Adelakun, Sarah Callaghan… and many other talented comics from Edinburgh and Melbourne comedy festivals. For the full cast see here
All the animations you see are made by the amazing animator Steve Cutts, who has been described as a ‘Melancholy Gilliam’.
Our sketches are surreal and silly, and look for laughs in some of life’s oddest, darkest corners – from modern love to pollution to mental illness. We’re also the sketchy little sister to @LemonComedy, a global celebration of diversity in stand-up. Our followings in London and Melbourne are growing via our social media – Youtube, Fb and insta) and our films have had hundreds of thousands of views. We’ve screened at comedy clubs in London and Melbourne, been selected to appear at Angel Comedy’s Chorts Fest, London Comedy Writers, and something we’re super proud of: Our first no-budget, self-produced pilot BATSHIT was nominated for best un-commissioned pilot at the Edinburgh TV Festival 2020’s New Voice Awards.
Made on a shoestring across both hemispheres, ‘BATSHIT’ skewers modern love, the climate crisis and mental illness with a mix of live action and animation… with a tone that’s been compared to Smack the Pony, Cardinal Burns and Armando Iannucci’s Time Trumpet. BATSHIT is still looking for the perfect broadcast home, but dropped onto ComedySauce.UK on May 18.
Melon is the sketchy little sister to live night championing marginalised voices, Lemon Comedy
Thanks for watching! Love the Melonheads
‘Very funny’ Deborah Frances White/ The Guilty Feminist
‘Genius’ The Stage
“A lovely sketch about the Pythons trying to sell their show to the BBC and receiving a response many female comedians will recognise …” Dick Fiddy, BFI
‘Stunning & a worthy cause’ British Comedy Guide”
‘Timely & Noble’ Comedy Central
‘The New Face of Comedy’ ABC
‘Smack the Pony on crack’ a Facebook fan
Winners: Fulwell 73 & Comedy 5050 Shorts Competition; BCG Pro Best Production for ‘Russian Doll’. Winner and ‘Future Leaders’ at Creative Equals.
Nominee/Finalists for: ‘Best Uncommissioned Pilot’ at Edinburgh TV-Festival; Hospital Club Breakthrough Creatives; Top 4 % BBC Writers Room; Thousand Films writing competitions; Funny Women Next Up Comedy Shorts; Funny Women Writing Awards; Angel Comedy Chorts Fest (nominated twice 2017 & 2019) and shortlisted & screened, Shortlisted, Best Mental Health Short at Short Film Breaks Bucharest and Craft of Comedy Awards.