Kiki Melendez is an actress, writer, producer, host and creator of Kiki Melendez’ Hot Tamales Live! - A talent showcase that celebrates diversity in America through performances by comediennes, sketch artists and dancers. Under Melendez's guidance, Hot Tamales Live had a critically acclaimed Premiere debut this May 5th on Showtime Television. America’s leading Premium Cable Network. This TV Special is running all summer of 2009 on Showtime network, and is back this winter 2010. Kiki is now the only LOPRAH (Latina Oprah) on General Market television!
Melendez is an Award Winner. She was recently named American Latino Pioneer in Entertainment. She was the only female comedienne nominated for the first annual American Latino Awards. She received the Key to Harford, Connecticut by Mayor Perez making “Cinco De Mayo 2007” Kiki Melendez Day in Hartford. She was also given a Certificate of Appreciation by Mayor Villaraigosa in Los Angeles California. She received the prestigious “MAVERICK AWARD” By the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival in March 2007.
Melendez started her entertainment career with a bang. Her first job was as morning hosts for radio stations: La Nueva FM, 105.9 in New York and KRLA, Groove 103.1 in Los Angeles. In 1998, Melendez successfully transitioned from a career in radio to one in television with guest appearances on "The Tracy Ullman Show" on HBO, "The Steve Harvey Show" on the WB, "Strong Medicine" on Lifetime TV and many others.
She created the pilot called Salsa desde Hollywood. Galavision Network picked up the show, which Melendez hosted and produced, for 13 episodes. Melendez went on to have the No. 1 ranked entertainment show on the Galavision Network, Kiki desde Hollywood . It was America’s first bilingual variety show. Melendez has also held Hollywood reporting positions with the British Broadcasting Company and other international media outlets.
Melendez on Films and Television. with her starring roles in the award winning movie "Day Shift", National Lampoons "Cattle Call", and “Benny Bliss and The Disciples of Greatness”. She has also appeared on HBO’s Tracy Ullman Takes On…, Lifetimes Strong Medicine, NBC’s City Guys, WB’s Steve Harvey Show and more…
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