Codex is a writer, investigative humorist, and producer and host of the podcast Tomefoolery (featured in The Stranger and Queerty.com) currently based in Los Angeles.
As a comedian and emcee, they performed at comedy festivals all over the country including SF SketchFest, Pride in Milwaukee and Indianapolis—and fandom conventions C2E2, Space City Comic Con, andHavenCon—and was a Finalist in The Advocate’s National Queer Comedy Search and the 2016 Laughing Devil Comedy Festival.
Codex was co-Head Writer of the live talk show Talk Hard at ComedySportz Chicago which was named Best Sketch/Improv Troupe by The Chicago Reader in 2012, producer of The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival 2016 & 2017, played the paladin Terok Nor on the tabletop role-play podcast Shuffle Quest, and was a regular contributor to Chicago’s infamous live magazine The Paper Machete.
Their parody/satire production Star-Spangled Sitcoms: Huzzah & John Adams was featured in “Eat/Drink/Do” and “6 Shows to See This Week” in The Chicago RedEye and was called “clever and relatable” and “a master combination of American history and American television” by the Loyola Phoenix.
“Ridiculously zesty” — The Chicago Tribune
“…brought gales of laughter from the audience…the likable Melcher endeared [them]self to an audience that clearly appreciate [their] quirkiness,”— Examiner.com
"Best Comedian With an Encyclopedic Point Of Reference That Also Includes The Facts Behind the Cottingley Fairies Hoax” — MAD Magazine’s Senior Editor Dan Telfer