Hippie Night in the Falls

Melanie Maloy isn't a pothead -- she just looks and acts like one.

Cleveland theater
Stand-up comic Melanie Maloy is often mistaken for a stoner. She thinks it might have something to do with her dreadlocks. "But that's just a coincidence," she jokes.

Kidding aside, Maloy — a young vegetarian hippie — has a stage persona that drifts somewhere between a Ritalin-deprived kid and a pot-addled twentysomething. After graduating from college, the Pittsburgh native says, she had no clue what she wanted to do. "My mom, of all people, suggested stand-up comedy," she says. "Very, very bizarre advice from a parent. Usually they try to steer you away from jobs like that."
Thu., Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m.; Sept. 1-2, 8 & 10:30 p.m.

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