Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, Melanie Maras is a multi-ethnic, bi-cultural writer, storyteller, and comic. Melanie is a Moth StorySLAM winner and the storytelling champion of IO West´s Funny Women Festival (December 2015). She hosts the storytelling show NEVER SHUT UP! with David Crabb at iO West. She has had the privilege of telling stories at the LA Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival and has also told stories for Kevin Allison´s RISK! (podcast and live show), HELLO GIGGLES, Jessie Rosen´s SUNDAY NIGHT SEX STORIES, and David Crabb´s ASK ME STORIES. She has performed stand-up comedy around LA (The Comedy Store, Stand-Up Finalist at the LA Improv Comedy Festival 2015), at the Green Gravel Comedy Festival, and in London.