Via Zoom: Melinda Hill on ‘Love, Weddings & Other Disasters’

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CHICAGO – When we last talked to Melinda Hill, it was for her stand-up comedy special “Inappropriate.” It also turns out that she acts in a new film, the ensemble comedy “Love, Weddings & Other Disasters,” directed by Dennis Dugan and featuring Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons, and Maggie Grace, among others.

An impending wedding is the backdrop for the film, as it weaves multiple storylines regarding the search for love by a colorful group of characters. They include an inexperienced wedding planner nicknamed “The Wedding Trasher” (Maggie Grace), a fussy celebrity caterer (Jeremy Irons) going on a “blind date” (Diane Keaton) and a Russian exotic dancer (Melinda Hill) participating in a reality show that literally chains her to Jimmy (Andy Goldenberg). It all comes together, connecting the love encounters and the nuptials. The film also features Andrew Bachelor, Jesse McCartney and director Dennis Dugan talking on a role.

Melinda Hill During the Wedding Scenes of ‘Love, Weddings & Other Disasters’
Photo credit: Saban Films

Melinda Hill was born in Kansas and raised in Colorado Springs, and fortified her performance career with a theatre scholarship at Wichita State University. She moved to Los Angeles and performed at the famous Groundlings troupe of improv comedy. Her foray into stand-up led her to the legendary Comedy Store in L.A., and her comedy career took off from there. As an actor, she had roles on “Lady Dynamite,” “Reno 911!,” “The Sarah Silverman Program” and as a voice actor in the animated “Adventure Time.”

Her stand-up special “Inappropriate” is available now for rental or purchase by clicking here.The lively and dynamic set is based on Hill’s seeker philosophy of correcting negative elements in her life, as well as material that is whip-smart and hilarious. She talks again to regarding her acting and the role in “Love, Weddings and Other Disasters.”

In Part One of an interview via Zoom with Patrick McDonald of, Melinda Hill talks about creating her character in the film and working with director Dennis Dugan.

In Part Two, Melinda talks about working in the same film as Diane Keaton and Jeremy Irons, and her upcoming projects.

For the Podtalk with Melinda Hill, about her comedy special “Inappropriate,” Click here.

“Love, Weddings and Other Disasters” opens in theaters and through Video-On-Demand on December 4th. See local listings for theaters and showtimes. Featuring Melinda Hill, Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons, Maggie Grace, Andrew Bachelor, Jesse McCartney and Dennis Dugan. Screenplay and directed by Dennis Dugan. Rated “PG-13” Click here for Melinda Hill’s website. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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