Melanie Bracewell & Chris Ryan


This is a Double Feature show with Melanie Bracewell & Chris Ryan.

Two of the best female comedians on the scene; they are each ruthlessly clever and will have you laughing your heads off. They are masters of the stage and unapologetic with their sharp wit.

Date of show: June 10th
Show starts at:
Show finishes at: 9:15pm
Venue: Surf Club


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About Melanie Bracewell

Melanie Bracewell has quickly carved out a path in the comedy scene with her impressive list of credits, showing she has a writing skill set well beyond her years. Bracewell has worked as a writer on all three seasons of the smash hit show ‘Wellington Paranormal’ – from the minds of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. She wrote full episodes covering everything from an out-of-touch 1930s ghost cop haunting the Mt. Victoria tunnel to ferocious alien plants that abduct cows.

From the moment she took the microphone for the first time, Melanie has been in hot demand, performing regularly in both in Australia and New Zealand. A popular contestant on ‘Have You Been Paying Attention’, she has managed to convince the Australian public to look past her accent, and realise she’s bloody funny (even if she is a kiwi). You may have also seen her being asked about her dating life on The Project, or probed about her celebrity interactions on Triple J.

There are very few successful New Zealand comedy shows that Melanie hasn’t been a part of. She’s contributed as a writer on 7 Days, Have You Been Paying Attention (NZ), Wellington Paranormal and Mean Mums all while performing award-winning shows all Other notable performances include opening for Jim Gaffigan, opening for Norah Jones – yes, she really did comedy before a Norah Jones concert – and performing at a pro showcase with some real heavy hitters at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York.

If you haven’t seen her on the stage or the screen yet, you’ve probably at least seen one of her tweets. They pop up everywhere, from Buzzfeed, to Playboy (the funny bits not the nude bits) and even The New York Times. She also reached worldwide fame when her impressions of Jacinda Ardern went viral, the story was covered by The Guardian and the BBC.

Finally, Bracewell also is an experienced radio announcer. She has worked at the popular radio station ‘Radio Hauraki’ for 6 years, both as a producer and an announcer with her own weekend show. In 2021, Melanie had a sell-out season of ‘The Rumours Are True’ at Melbourne International Comedy Festival winning the Director’s Choice Award, was a regular panellist on ‘Have you Been Paying Attention (AU)’ and the host of the Network 10 series, ‘The Cheap Seats’. Melanie was also nominated at the NZ Television awards, Best Script: Comedy for her episode on ‘Wellington Paranormal.’

In 2022, Melanie will tour through Australia with her new show, Ooh La La, and be back on Network 10 with Season 2 of ‘Cheap Seats’.

A master of the stageNZ HERALD

About Chris Ryan

A journalist, a Mum and now one of the most exciting new voices on the Australian comedy scene, Chris Ryan won Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival in 2019 and a Best Newcomer Nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2021.

Her laconic take on everything from romance to passive aggressive co-workers earned Chris spots in Galas at the Sydney Comedy Festival (2019 & 2021), Canberra Comedy Festival (2013, 2017), Floriade Nightfest (2018, 2021) and TEDx Canberra (2018). After feature spots in the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Up Front Women’s Gala, the Audible Presents Live event, Chris was invited to tour with Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow across South-West Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT.

Chris was also invited to perform comedy for the Australian troops in the Middle East and has toured from Darwin to Tasmania, through regional New South Wales and Queensland with the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase. She has hosted and performed at major events including co-hosting the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in 2020, the Canberra Writers Festival and the RSL &Services Clubs and Leagues Clubs Australia National Conference (2021).

After co-hosting a breakfast show on Canberra’s 2XXFM for two years, Chris is a regular guest on ABC Radio Canberra and appears on ABC Radio Sydney’s Thank God It’s Friday with Richard Glover.

Chris was in total control from the moment she hit the stage, a comedian with a unique outlook and broad appeal.BMA Magazine May 2019, Justin Hamilton. Head Writer Show Me the Movie (Network Ten)

Unapologetic and ruthlessly clever, one of Canberra’s funniest people.Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour (2018)