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Until recently, local comedienne Mel Fine has restricted her touring to spend more time at home with her family. No more. Newly divorced and hungry for steady income, Fine has hit the road with abandon.
Indy comic Mel Fine is performing at One Liners June 9-13; 889-5233.

A former Indianapolis Funny Person champ and runner up in the Bud Lite Ladies of Comedy contest, Fine is expanding her act as she finds herself headlining shows more frequently. She doesn’t bring any gimmicks to the stage; no over-the-top persona or outlandish material.

A strong joke writer with a bare-bones, no-nonsense delivery, Fine has been able to avoid the “female comedian” pigeonhole that traps many of her peers. Her material appeals to men as much, or even more, than it does to women. “When your time increases, you have to evolve,” she says. “I know that there are a lot of guys in the audience so I don’t want to stand up there and do jokes that just women can relate to. I want everybody to laugh.”

Fine got an added boost when material from her act was recently selected to appear in She’s So Funny (Andrews McMeel Publishing), a collection of the best jokes from the last 50 years of women stand-up comedians gathered by former LA Weekly comedy critic Judy Brown. The book, released in April, contains jokes from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’ Donnell, Roseanne and Wanda Sykes.

Fine contributed about a dozen bits including: “The first time I was pregnant, I thought I was pregnant with twins. But when I gave birth, there was only one baby, and he weighed 12 and a half pounds. I’m guessing he ate that other baby”; and “I bought a pair of thong underwear because a friend told me they were comfortable. They’re not. Not comfortable for me, and not comfortable for the people watching me dig ’em out of my rear end all night.”

Fine is performing at One Liners, 50 Airport Parkway East, Greenwood, June 9-13. The show is rated soft R for mild profanity and possible blue material. Headlining the bill is Ross Bennett and his alter ego Eddie Strange. Tickets are $11. Shows start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. For reservations or more information, call 889-5233.

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