Mel Jones – Making dreams a reality

2019-04-09 06:00
Mel Jones

Mel Jones

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Her journey to comedy may not have been straightforward, but she has found her calling, making a difference in the lives of others.

Growing up, all that local comedian Mel Jones wanted was to make others smile.

“When I was very young, I remember going to watch a movie and when I came out, I remember feeling happy, my soul was happy. I don’t remember the movie’s name, but I knew I wanted to do that when I grew up – make people happy,” she says.

While working as a retail supervisor, her mother informed her of workshops hosted in Woodstock. Jones was always naturally funny but never thought she would find a career in comedy.

“I attended and the [facilitator] told me I was not going to just sit there. The next class, I took some material and I was a hit. The next week, they put me on an open mic. I was never a follower of comedy before. Once the bug bit me, that was it,” she says.

She has also built a career on radio as a result of her success in comedy.

“When I left radio, I still had comedy, my first love,” she says.

Working as one of the few female comedians at the time she started, she says being in a line-up of only men did not deter her, instead she is proud to be an ambassador for female comedians, having been one of the first to break into the scene.

“Women don’t think of comedy as a career and because there aren’t many women doing it, women don’t want to do it. The more women get involved with comedy, they will pave the way for other women,” she says. “People think comedy is easy and that is a misconception. The funny guy around a braai, does not translate on stage. You need to be relatable and try things out on stage. You will never know if it works unless you try it. It is hard work and a constant thing. Practice will make you better. It is not exclusive but it takes a long time.”

Describing herself as the “glitter glue that holds everything together” Jones will be the MC at the 2019 Perfectly Posh High Tea.

“I am passionate about women and working with women. Women give so much and often put themselves last, thinking of making everyone happy first,” says Jones.

She promises energy, laughs, fun and entertainment. “To me, living your best life is not waking up hugely successful with a yacht. That would be amazing, but I am living my best life in Mitchell’s Plain with no yacht. It is a constant journey and you need to be the best version of yourself, being your authentic self,” she says. This is a concept new to Jones as well, who says she changed her people-pleasing ways in the hopes of being liked, to be more comfortable in her own skin.

Jones has enjoyed much success in her 10 year long career, with high profile gigs, shows at the Baxter and even a few awards, however, she regards her gift of connecting with an audience, her biggest achievement.

“Connecting with someone and hearing that I made them smile after a bad day is the best feeling,” she says.

  • The Perfectly Posh High Tea, presented by People’s Post and Spec-Savers in support of The LifeMatters Foundation (LMF) and Chic Mamas Do Care, takes place on the morning of Thursday 2 May at the Vineyard Hotel. The theme of this year’s event is “Live your best life” and will feature local comedian Mel Jones as MC; Women’s Health deputy editor, Wanita Nicol; and Keynote speaker, Verity Price. Tickets are available from Webtickets at R350. A portion of the ticket sales will fund much-needed educational items used in LMF’s numeracy programmes. Each lady attending the Perfectly Posh High Tea is encouraged to bring an item (or few) of “pre-loved” clothing to help stock the Chic Mamas boutiques. Plenty of prizes will be up for grabs, including vouchers and hampers by Spec-Savers, SSISA, Cosmetix, The Healing Room, The Duchess, FitChef, Chic Mamas, Verity Price, Ruff Tung, African Extracts and more. Each guest will also receive a goodie bag filled with products, samples and vouchers from our sponsors.


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