Odd Woman Out: Exposure in Essays and Stories

is available on audiobook, e-book,

and paperback wherever books are sold.




To arrange Zoom book talks and podcasts with Melanie

in your time zone, contact: jennifer@booksforward.com

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.


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.

2022 Reel of Self-Tapes

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.



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


Melanie's essays and stories have been published in the New York Times, McSweeney's, Funny Times, the Jewish Journal, Defenestration Magazine, the Literate Ape, Entropy, Mused, Purple Clover, Hyacinth Review, Better after 50, Five on the Fifth, and five editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Melanie's performances of original and classic songs

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


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

Wiilliam Finn's "March of the Falsettos"

Embraceable You

Melanie Chartoff

Gershwin’s ‘Embraceable You’, accompanied by Laurence Juber

Melanie Chartoff Writing - Working with Williams and Winters Melanie Chartoff Writing - An Andy Kaufman Story

Melanie Chartoff

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