Writing

Since starting off and on Broadway early in my career, through becoming a series regular in Los Angeles later,

I've continuously combined the disciplines of dramatic acting and improvisation with writing, performing and publishing

my own material. Below are samples of early and recent work.

Melanie Chartoff Writing - Working with Williams and Winters

Many Weddings, Many Kids

I’ve been married many times and mothered many children. I’ve walked down three aisles and ran headlong down another. I‘ve worn many wedding gowns, and endured labor with a husband Lamaze’ing by my side.

The Go-Go Comeback

When I was 14, Shauna Weisman discovered me doing the "Mashed Potato" at a sock hop and mirrored me, move for move. Shauna was a blonde 16-year-old Jewish American Princess with a Mustang, a big allowance and no curfew—all the advantages of a broken home. When I mirrored her "Watusi," she asked me to do a go-go routine at an event with her.

With Johnathan Banks in 'Wiseguy'

"Wiseguy" ran on CBS from 1987--90 and starred Ken Wahl and Jonathan Banks as undercover agents for the Organized Crime Bureau.

With Peter Scolari on ''Newhart''

The series stars Bob Newhart and Mary Frann as an author and his wife who own and operate an inn in a small, rural Vermont town that is home to many eccentric characters.

 

Melanie Chartoff Writing - An Andy Kaufman Story

To Sleep Or Not To Sleep — Marrying At 60!

At age 60 I’d given up hope that I would ever find my One, or even sleep with anyone again, as I was so set in my ways. Because I’d lived by myself so long, I slept lightly. Discerning sounds of a neighbor being normal from a murder in progress was a survival skill.

Love in the Time of Fig Newtons

When I was 10, I was a total tomboy. Daddy had taught me how to throw and hit a ball, and I'd go to the sandlot for softball practice after school, so I could show off for the boys, especially for Eddie.

"You hit good for a girl," he said one time, as he tagged me out at first base.

With Billy Paxton, Theresa Ganzel, Carol Burnett in 'Fresno'

FRESNO is a 1986 American television miniseries that parodied prime time soap operas like Dallas and Dynasty.

With Jack Riley and Bob Newhart on 'Newhart'

The series stars Bob Newhart and Mary Frann as an author and his wife who own and operate an inn in a small, rural Vermont town that is home to many eccentric characters.

My Secret Admirer

In grammar school, I sit alone at lunch. I'm stuck at the end of the row at the auditorium assemblies, never near the middle where the popular girls sit. I'm chosen last for teams. I'm skinny. I talk too fast. I'm a little nervous. I'm a little Jewish. In art class, the other kids all spell my name wrong on our homemade valentines. I am unpopular.

The Bra Revisited

For months, I'd been ignoring the straps dangling like lazy snakes from their confines and leaving my brassiere drawer ajar. I'd stuffed them all inside it when I tidied up for the handyman and strained to shove it closed.

With George Segal in 'Take Five'

"Take 5" on CBS starred George Segal and Melanie Chartoff and dealt with an advertising executive who moonlights in a Dixieland band.

With Mack Dryden and Jamie Alcroft on 'Comedy Break'

a comedy sketch and stand-up show featuring Jamie Alcroft and Mack Dryden and celebrity guest stars.

 

WRITING AND PERFORMING

Audio

Below sample songs sung by Melanie, lyrics by Melanie.

Taught to Dance

Melanie Chartoff

Melanie raps her history of how dance saved her from social ruin in childhood. Music and Back Up by Marshall and London Jones

Fine Lines

Melanie Chartoff

From "Fine Lines," a play with music by Melanie Chartoff, this is the title song, sung by John Savage and Melanie. Music by Doug Katsaros, Lyric by Melanie.

Gettin' Famous

9/01/2015

From "Fine Lines," a play with music by Melanie Chartoff, sung by Melanie and John Savage. Music by Doug Katsaros, Lyric by Melanie.

I'm Breaking Down

Melanie Chartoff

Lyrics and Music by William Finn

From March of the Falsettos

Performing

 In addition to acting onstage and all size screens in works by others---

Melanie Chartoff

For Actress, Singer,

Writer and Performer

Melanie Chartoff Contact:

Heylee Winters & Associates,

Beverly Hills

310 494 1003  |  HeyleeWinters@msn.com

 

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10573 West Pico,

#314 Los Angeles

California 90064

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