Blog Buddies Tour: Funny Lady

The Mesdames of Mayhem are doing a tour of their favorite blogs. This week we kick off with our very own Queen of Comedy, Mme Melodie Campbell.

Mel posts at least weekly, getting 500 to 1000 hits per week for a total of over 58,000 hits since her blog first appeared on March 11, 2013. She has followers all over the world in places as far away as Dubai and China!




What is the focus of your blog?

 Comedy! I’ve been a paid humour columnist for many years, and all of my books range from humorous to screwball comedies. On my blog, I repost humour and comedy columns from the places that pay me, when the rights revert back to me.

Our favorite Bad Girl explains….

Way back in the 90s when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I had a regular syndicated bimonthly humour column.  While copies of my columns appeared in The Toronto Star and other newspapers, if you aren’t a dinosaur, you probably haven’t seen them.  This blog will draw from the best of these columns, as well as new material.  And about the name….back in the day, I was known as “Bad Girl” and “Funny Girl.”  Now, it’s more like “Funny Broad.”  And the broad is no joke.


I originally wrote comedy to escape the reality of my life, which includes an autistic brother. Our home was one of stress and sorrow; being funny helped to lighten the day for all of us. I kept writing comedy through my adult life, in hopes that I could give other people dearly needed entertainment. There is no question I write to entertain. As a comedian, I can tell you that comedy definitely has its roots in tragedy, and for me, it is a way of dealing with those hits that life gives you.


What do your followers tell you?

They love the comedy, pure and simple. The zanier humour columns are usually the most popular.


I have a fan group in a retirement home in Florida, all men. They found me through the Rowena Through the Wall series, and are loyal followers. I’ve had several offers to ‘put me up’ if I want to come down to Florida for a visit. Now, my Rowena books are quite sexy, so I’m really not sure what to think about that…




What are you sharing with MoM’s followers today?

I’m sharing one of my zaniest columns. It has been reprinted in many venues; I still get requests for reprints and will admit it is one of my faves <smile>

TV TRAVESTY! (Warning: they let me off my leash again…)

People often ask me why I write silly stuff. I say it’s because I am seriously fed up with reality. I mean, really – what’s so special about it? Everybody does it.

So for those of you who are sick of reality (TV or otherwise,) this is for you. In the lofty traditions of Dallas, Dynasty and Desperate Housewives, make way for…TRAVESTY!

Note the originality of the plot. (Hey, it’s rerun season!)

INTERIOR. A pink frilly bedroom. Daytime. An attractive young woman in full makeup and Victoria’s Secret underwear reclines on the bed, moaning fatuously. An older man kneels by her side, wringing his well-manicured hands.

Lance: “Tell me April, I gotta know. Is the baby mine?”

April (in bed): “Oh Lance! Oh Lance! <sob!> …what baby?”

Michael enters the room.

Michael: “April honey, I’ve got something to tell you.”

April: “No – <sob> – not-“

Michael nods.

April: “You? And Lance?”

Lance: “OH-MY-GOD”

Michael: “And your mother’s been hit by a beer truck, and the boutique has burnt down.”

April (standing up in bed): “THE BOUTIQUE?”

Michael: “We saved the clothes, but the jewelry was a meltdown. Sorry.”

April (clutching throat): “I can’t take it anymore! This is too much for one day.”

Michael: “And it’s only 8 a.m.”

Lance (clearing throat): “About your mother…”

April (collapsing on bed): “OH-MY-GOD, MOTHER! She hated beer.”

Lance: “I have something to tell you…”

April (to director): “Do I faint now?”

Lance: “…she’s actually not your mother…”

Michael: “WHAT?”

April: “You mean-“

Lance: “Yes. I am”

<gasps all around>

Michael: “That trip to Sweden…?”

Lance: “Yes.”

Michael: “LANA?”

Lance: “Yes.”

Michael: “But didn’t we…?”

Lance: “Yes.”

Director (to April): “You can faint now.”

Everyone faints.

Stay tuned next week for more riveting drama, when April asks the question, “How do you tell if blue cheese is bad?”





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Murder & Mayhem between the covers – July 23, Fairview Mall Library

Join our very own Mesdames Rosemary McCracken and Sylvia Maultash Warsh for this special Library event.
Thursday, July 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
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BETWEEN THE CRACKS she fell, by Lisa de Nikolits, Fall launch Sept. 30

Be sure to join Mme Lisa de Nikolits and friends this fall for the release of Between the Cracks She Fell.

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A Triple-Book Launch at the Sleuth of Baker Street Bookstore, Sept.18!

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Join our own Mme Vicki Delany (writing as Eva Gates) and her good friends Mary Jane Maffini (Victoria Abbott) and Linda Wiken (Erika Chase) for this Cozy Triple Book Launch, coming September, 2015!

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Join Mme D.J. McIntosh for the launch of The Angel of Eden (Penguin Canada)

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Join our very own Mme, Bestselling author D.J. McIntosh, for the launch of The Angel of Eden (Penguin Canada), the highly-anticipated third novel in her Mesopotamian antiquities thriller trilogy!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7pm
Indigo Books, Bay-Bloor Manulife Centre, Toronto

Bestselling Toronto Star reporter Peter Edwards, internationally acclaimed author Robert J. Sawyer and D.J. McIntosh will debate “Fact or Fiction” in discussion with Penguin’s Senior Commissioning Editor, Adrienne Kerr.

In 2011, D.J. McIntosh took the book world by storm with her bestselling debut novel, The Witch of Babylon. Praised by The Globe and Mail for its “stellar research” and “superb writing,” it introduced readers to John Madison, a rakish New York art dealer who uncovered a fabulous treasure trove of antiquities in the hills outside Baghdad and the truth behind a famous story long believed to be a myth.

In this highly anticipated conclusion, Madison is hired by a famous magician to find a rare sixteenth century book on angel magic and the former assistant who stole it thirty-five years ago. Madison’s quest leads him from the great mosques and churches of Istanbul to the ruins of Pergamon and the temples of the ancient Near East, where he discovers the true location of the Garden of Eden, the nature of angels, and the dark story of his birth.

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A Creative Scrutiny of Research Part One: You ask, “Why?” ~by Cathy Astolfo (reprint)

As the author of six books and several short stories (eight books if pre-published counts), I have indulged in a lot of research. I use the word indulge on purpose, because most of the time, it’s fun.

Wikipedia states that research (look again? look differently? – see how I get carried away?) is defined as “creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.” (READ MORE…)

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Mme Rosemary McCracken reads at the Red Rocket, at 7:30 on Friday, June 12

Be sure to drop in to the Red Rocket Café to rub shoulders with these great Canadian authors:
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The Mesdames participate in Mystery Month at the Belleville Public Library!

On May 16, the Mesdames of Mayhem were out in force at the Belleville Public Library, in support of “May is Mystery Month”!
(Don’t miss Tim-Miller’s excellent coverage in The Intelligencer, Sunday, May 17: The Mesdames of Mayhem Make Mystery Month)

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Join the Mesdames at the Belleville Public Library, Saturday, May 16, 2:30 pm!

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New book by Catherine Astolfo: Up Chit Creek

Announcing the launch of Catherine Astolfo’s novella ebook, Up Chit Creek, on Saturday, May 2! If you can come in person, there will be a panel presentation followed by the celebration. Starts at 2 p.m. at the Brantford Public Library, 173 Colborne St., Brantford. Or you can pre-order through the links below.



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