Monday, November 30, 2009

Mel & El Gone Bad

El: I'm so excited that we finally have our very own CD to sell!

Mel: I know. It makes us so REAL.

El: We're like Tenacious D.

Mel: We're like Flight of the Conchords.

El: We're like Metallica.

Mel: But NOT.

El: Let's tell people where they  can buy this amazing compilation of our hilarious and wonderful songs.

Mel: Ok! People: you can buy this amazing compilation of our hilarious and wonderful songs at any of our upcoming live gigs.

El: And you will also be able to buy it online SOON!

Mel: But not just yet.

El: We're playing hard to get.

Mel: You know you want it but you can't have it.

El: Our CD's lack of online availability gives you blue balls, doesn't it? Does it hurt? You gonna cry? You gonna CRY???

Mel: El!

El: What?

Mel: You always take it one step too far.

El: Am I punished?

Mel: Yes.

El: You gonna hit me? You gonna spank me? Aw, yeah... do it hard.

Mel: I don't know why I'm friends with you.

MEL & EL will be guest starring in Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad 
at 45 Bleecker throughout the month of December!

Tuesday, December 1st at 8PM
Wednesday, December 9th at 8PM
Thursday, December 10th at 8PM
Saturday, December 19th at 10PM
Saturday, January 2nd at 8PM

Come join us!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Best of New York!

El: I'd like to thank the Academy, my mother, and my first grade music teacher Mrs. Beebee for teaching me to always breathe with my...

Mel: El? What are you doing?

El: I'm practicing my acceptance speech for the award we just won.

Mel: Do you mean the Village Voice Best of NYC 2009 Award?

El: That's the one!

Mel: There's no awards ceremony, sweetie.

El: There isn't?

Mel: No. They just ran it in the paper.

El: Don't we get a plaque or a statue or anything?

Mel: Nope, we just get to enjoy the title.

El: But I was really looking forward to making that speech.

Mel: Save it for the next award.

El: Ok.

Mel: And you can put the hairbrush down now.

El: What hairbrush?

Mel: The one you were pretending was a trophy.

El: Nuh uh. I just had some knots.

Mel: Sure you did.

Best Advance in the World of Fag Hagdom
Performance duo Mel & El—a/k/a Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin—don't care for the term "fag hag." They feel it has acquired a sort of negative sound, as if there were something wrong with a woman wanting to cling to a gay man day and night until she passes out. They prefer "fruit fly"—or, even better, "Fagnet," which happens to be the name of their popular comedy/dance song that is a hilarious highlight of
their act ("F-A-G plus magnet equals fagnet," they chant in sisterly unity). The two have been best friends since seventh grade, but it's doubtful they were bonded in fagnetting till at least the eighth. Their goofy anthem—which they've paraded around everywhere from the Duplex to Ars Nova—has made the gays love them right back.

We had an absolute blast being the special guest performers at Vanessa's
bachelorette party last weekend. There's a pic above and our business card below so
that you or someone you know can hire us, too!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


El: Let's announce the winner of the thong panties from our Comix show.

Mel: Don't say "panties".

El: Why not?

Mel: People don't like that word.

El: I'm a person and I like it.

Mel: Yeah, but you're a person who also likes the word "moist" and I find
it intolerable.

El: Is it intolerable in all instances?

Mel: Yes.

El: What about moist brownies?

Mel: No.

El: Moist towelette?

Mel: Stop it.

El: Moist panties.

Mel: You are my enemy.

El: I have found your kryptonite!

Mel: The winner of the thong UNDERWEAR is Sarah Kaplan. Thanks to
everyone who came to the show. We had a total blast.

El: Enjoy your panties, Sarah. Don't put them in the dryer or
they'll shrink. Better to keep them moist.

Mel: I wish I knew how to quit you.

This is our business card. Hire us for something.

This was our favorite sign at the Equality March in Washington, D.C.

El thinks Mel looked very stylish with her flag.

Mel thinks El looked adorable with hers.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Who Are Mel & El?

Click HERE to watch the important film "Who Are Mel & El?"

It WILL change your life.

We guarantee it.

Or...your money back.

Yeah. That's what.

One Night Only

El: I don't think people realize that our show is truly only happening for one night only.

Mel: I know. I think they think we'll be doing it again and again and that they'll have plenty of chances to see it.

El: How can we impress upon them the meaning of "one night only"?

Mel: We could sing the song from Dreamgirls.

El: No!

Mel: Why not?

El: I don't like the lyric "come on, big baby, come on". It skeeves me out.

Mel: Well I don't see any other option.

El: I do. Let's offer our friends a discount code to motivate them to buy a ticket now because this is their last chance to see a full-length Mel &El show in New York City until at least 2010.

Mel: One night only! One night only! Come on, big baby, come on. One night only, we oooonly have 'til dawn...

El: I told you not to sing it and you sang it. Why would you do that?

Mel: Because sometimes we have to hear things we don't want to hear.

El: Then I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but you have a green thing stuck in your teeth.

Mel: Shit.

El: Let's go to the mirror and get it out. Come on, big baby. Come on.

Click HERE and enter the code GAYMARRIED at checkout for $12 tickets! That's $8 off the door price!



Mel: El?

El: Yes, Mel?

Mel: We have a problem.

El: Break it down for me.

Mel: Everyone keeps calling to ask if we really have Britney Spears as our opening act.

El: No way!

Mel: Way.

El: We have Britney Houston - the drag queen internet sensation who's much prettier than us.

Mel: I know that!

El: Well, our Britney can kick over her head & do splits. Everyone will love her.

Mel: Terrfic.

El: And they will love us for opening our show with someone so bendy.

Mel: In future, we'll communicate more clearly with our people.

El: How's this?

Mel: That's totally clear, if a bit abrasive.

El: Good enough.

Mel: I gotta go practice my splits.

El: Wait for me!!

We Have Britney, People!

El: Is it true?

Mel: It's TRUE.

El: Britney is going to be at our Comix show?

Mel: She is! She really, really is!

El: I'm dying, I'm dying...

Mel: I'm DEAD.

El: I've been embalmed.

Mel: I'm in a mausoleum.

El: If people want to see her, they better get a ticket NOW.

Mel: That's so smart. Because if they buy now, not ONLY will they get to be in the same room as Britney, they will save $5 off the door price.
El: So we are GUARANTEEING Britney?

Mel: She is a done deal, my friend.

El: I'm decomposing.

Mel: I've already been reincarnated.

El: What did you come back as?

Mel: Britney's hooker-shoe.

El: I never knew you were such a fetishist.

Click HERE for tix!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Your Formal Invitation


to smile 'til your face hurts at

a one night only extravaganza of hilarity

Thursday, October 8 at 7:30PM

353 West 14th Street
Advance tickets: $15
Day of show tickets: $20
Click here to purchase

Saturday, August 29, 2009


El: Well, we did it.
Mel: We sure did.
El: We said we weren't gonna do it.
Mel: But we had to, didn't we?
El: We didn't really have a choice.
Mel: That's what I'm saying.
El: I'm glad we did it.
Mel: Me, too. I'm having fun with it.
El: It is fun.
Mel: I think we should keep doing it.
El: I certainly don't intend to stop.
Mel: I'll take it one step further and suggest that others do it as well.
El: Whoa. That's serious. You're willing to make that statement?
Mel: I am.
El: Publicly?
Mel: If this isn't public, I don't know what is.
El: Well. You have the floor. Spell it out for them.
Mel: I would like to announce that Mel and El have joined Twitter.
El: We're tweeting, people!
Mel: And we would like it very much if you would follow us.
El: Just click H
ERE. Now.
Mel: Please.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


El: I'm so tired.

Mel: Me too. Why is that?

El: We've been expending a lot of energy taking over the world.

Mel: Right? It's exhausting.

El: We've been working super hard making updates to our website.

Mel: We have! Now people can hear awesome audio clips like our Sirius Satellite radio interview with Seth Rudetsky.

El: They can also see ultra attractive photos of us from the late 80's and early 90's.

Mel: All they have to do is entertain themselves by clicking on all of the fun little tabs at

El: I've been clicking on those tabs a lot. I think it has contributed to my fatigue.

Mel: Well don't fall asleep before we tell everyone about our upcoming show!

El: Right! HEY EVERYONE! Wanna spend Labor Day weekend with us in New Hope, PA?

Mel: We're doing a special one night only engagement at Harlan's Cabaret in the lovely Nevermore Hotel.

El: You'll come, we'll sit by the pool, we'll have a nosh, then we'll sing some songs!

Mel: Go for info. If you can't make it, tell anyone you know in the PA area. We'd love to meet your friends!

El: Yes! Then we can test our new fragrance on their pulse points.

Mel: It's called Mel & El: Smell.

El: Let's go finish choosing the top notes, shall we?

Mel: Let's.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Muppet Dictators

Mel: El?

El: Yes, Mel?

Mel: What are we doing in this picture?

El: We're being interviewed on the red carpet at The Miss Fag Hag Pageant.

Mel: Right.

El: You look really happy!

Mel: I just kept smiling because I couldn't hear a word they were saying. You look cute.

El: I look like a little muppet dictator - with my boots and my studded belt....

Mel: Well, I didn't wanna say but... You know what else?

El: What?

Mel: It's good that we put our first names on our shirts, but maybe we should also put our last names.

El: Why?

Mel: Because reviewers can't seem to spell my last name....Eldelman? Adlestein? Jewish-berg-owitz?

El: Stop complaining. It's just nice to be reviewed.

Mel: You're right, El. I love that you always look on the bright side. What would I do without you?

El: Sit in a dark room and talk to yourself?

Mel: Correct.

Please enjoy our review blurbs.
Then click HERE to buy tickets to SHOW & TELL! Only 7 shows left!

“Mel & El seem ready for prime time...the outrageous duo are letting it rip in their new musical comedy show.” - Frank Scheck, The New York Post

“MEL & EL is a hoot...and it hooks you all the more with its alt-rock score. The sensibility of Adelman & Dvorkin isn't just to skip down memory lane but to cut up. It's for them to be their irreverent, disgusting, idiosyncratic, devoted selves.” - Leonard Jacobs, Backstage

“...a totally charming little musical.... MEL & EL: SHOW & TELL grabbed me by the ovaries the minute I walked into Ars Nova. I don’t want to give away any of the outrageous surprises this imaginative little show dishes up, but suffice it to say it’s a girl-culture bonanza that totally affirms why keeping close to your best friend is the best decision a confused 30-something city gal can make.” - Bust Magazine

“...shows like MEL & EL: SHOW & TELL are arguably more necessary than ever. During a time in which writing a story about female friendship and singlehood is likely to be met with more than a few eye rolls, exploring the emotional shades of gray in what it means to be a woman takes creative guts. This is exactly what Mel and El does, in a rowdy, heartfelt, and endearing production. ...But unlike so many tales about single women, the work encourages us to find comfort in what we already have—and find hilarity in both our secret desires and our shortcomings.” - Laura Palotie, OOBR

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Our Little Pink Box

There are only three weeks left of our new show. 3 WEEKS!

Come join us for all kinds of fun inside our little pink box.

We're not gonna explain that. Come see the show to see what we mean.


Click HERE to see Mel & El: Behind the Scenes Volume 2.

This one is even sillier than the first!

Over the next few weeks, we will be making appearances all over the city!
Check out the schedule below and head out to meet us for a drink.

May 10 Sideshow @ The Ritz
May 11 Cast Party @ Birdland
May 17 Miss Fag Hag Pageant @ Comix
May 25 Curtain Call @ Splash

Check out our interview with the one and only Seth Rudetsky on SIRIUS Channel 77 and XM Channel 45.

Friday, May 15 @ 7p

Sunday, May 17 @ 11p

Tuesday, May 19 @ 7a

Wednesday, May 27 @ Noon

If you go to or or become a fan on Facebook, you can get a 3 day online listening pass.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

So Many Things!

The first preview of our new show is in ONE WEEK, people.

Click HERE for tickets & showtimes.
Be sure to enter the code FRIENDS at checkout to get $5 off.

Click HERE to see Mel & El: Behind the Scenes Volume 1.
It's a video on a blog. It's a vlog.

Click HERE to read an interview we did.
It's funny and informative.




Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Brand New Show!

El: We've been finishing each other's sentences a lot lately.

Mel: I know. It's gross.

El: I think we should embrace it.

Mel: How?

El: Just follow my...

Mel: Lead?

El: Yes. Here goes: We are very excited to...

Mel: ...announce...

El: ...that we have written...

Mel: ...a brand new show.

El: This show will be called...

Mel: ...Mel & El: Show and Tell.

El: This show will be performed...

Mel: Ars Nova in the month of May.

El: This show is...

Mel: ...hilarious!

El: Yes, but try again. This show is...

Mel: ...a musical!

El: Yes, but that's not what I was going for. This show is...

Mel: ...on sale right now!

El: Yes! And it's a limited run so hurry the hell up and buy your tickets
before it sells out and...

Mel: die a miserable death!!!

El: That is not what I was going to say.

Mel: Game over?

El: Game over.

MEL & EL: Show and Tell
May 6 - May 30
Ars Nova
511 West 54th St. at 10th Avenue

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Gigs With Drinks

Don't Tell Mama's



Friday, February 27th at 9:30PM

343 W 46th St.

$15 cover without areservation

$12 cover with areservation

2 drinkminimum - CASH ONLY CLUB


or 212-757-0788 after 4PM

hosted by

The New York Civil Liberties Union Young Professionals
Performed at the exclusive burlesque club The Box
189 Chrystie St.
Tuesday, March 3
Doors open at 7 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the LGBT work of the NYCLU.
Performers Include:
* Nellie McKay
* Trans singer-songwriter Our Lady J (named one of Out Magazine’s 2008 Out 100)
* Performer and comedienne Jackie Hoffman
* Actor and illusionist Michael Carbonaro (Another Gay Movie)
* Comedienne Poppi Kramer (“The Biggest Loser”)
* Award-winning musical comedy duo Mel & El

Emcee Murray Hill and DJ Brenda Black

The evening will feature an open bar all night, raffle prizes, a live
auction, go-go dancers and many surprise guests.

Single tickets ($75, advance sales only), and premier table seating can be purchased here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Winning Awards With Long Names

El: What's the name of that award we won?

Mel: The NYCWAM Collaboration Award.

El: And that stands for New York City Women and Men?

Mel: No.

El: Nice Young Charming Weird American Musicians?

Mel: Stop it.

El: I can't.

Mel: You can and you will.

El: Tell me what it stands for.

Mel: New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts and Media's
Biennial Collaboration Award.

El: There are more words in that than the acronym had letters for.

Mel: I WILL hit you with this cupcake.

El: Please don't. I'm an award-winner, after all.

The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media presents
the 2008 Collaboration Award

Please join the NYCWAM Board Members and Honorary Artistic Advisors Nancy Ford, Gretchen Cryer and Leslie Ayvazian to honor the winners of the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts and Media's Biennial Collaboration Award.

$1000 Prize: Sounding,
written by Jennifer Gibbs, directed by Kristen Marting

Honored Finalists:
Mel and El, This Show Rhymes: Melanie Adelman & Ellie Dvorkin
Frontlines, Political Plays by American Women: Shirley Lauro & Alexis Greene
Showers of Happiness: Carol Todd & Catherine Eaton
Wellsprings: Elyse Singer & Ruth Margraff

Monday, March 2, 2009
The Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a champagne reception.
The Awards ceremony begins at 7:15, followed by wine and dessert.
Tickets are $35 in advance, payable by check or by credit card via or at the door for $40.

If you wish to pay by check, please make the check out to:
NY Coalition of Prof Women in the Arts & Media, PO Box 2537, New York, NY 10108
Checks must be received by February 28.