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Melanie Chartoff

MELANIE CHARTOFF considers herself an inventor – of stories and characters for the page, stage and screen, including roles she''s created on ABC''s late night comedy answer to SNL, "Friday''s," "Parker Lewis Can''t Lose," "The Newhart Show," "Wiseguy," "Ally McBeal," "Touched by an Angel," and "Desperate Housewives." She can be heard daily as the voices of Didi and Minka on Nickleodeon''s long-running "Rugrats" and its spin-off "All Grown Up." For more information about Melanie, you can visit her website at http://melaniechartoff.com

Recipe for a Time Machine

Recipe for a Time Machine

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Eating the food of my youth turns me into a kid again.


Moses and the ETablets

Moses and the ETablets

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Apple’s newly released iPad is getting a lot of hype, but I’m not convinced.


Is the Dreidel Dead?

Is the Dreidel Dead?

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With all of our high tech toys, have we forgotten about the simple ones?


The Meshuganeh Mensch

The Meshuganeh Mensch

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I'm a nice person. But I'm on a mission to be even nicer.


My Ma Spa

My Ma Spa

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I spent my vacation at Ma’s retirement home. And left a new woman…her and me!


A Chutzpah Mitzvah

A Chutzpah Mitzvah

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Some people think kids have gotten lazy. But the kids I know are business mavens. Maybe some of their skills will rub off on me.


Kvelch for a Day!

Kvelch for a Day!

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I have bupkes to brag about. And that sounds like I'm bragging.


Parker <i>Jewish</i> Can't Lose

Parker Jewish Can't Lose

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I may just have been destined to star as the "evil" principal Ms. Musso on Fox's hit sit-com "Parker Lewis Can't Lose."


My Mother's Mouth

My Mother's Mouth

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After years of having my mother take me to the dentist, I was finally able to return the favor.


An L.A. Latke Lament

An L.A. Latke Lament

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Too many of us are losing our Jewish roots. Even the Latke is assimilating.


Confessions of a Laugh Addict

Confessions of a Laugh Addict

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It's true -- I am addicted to laughs. But to the old fashioned kind.


I Was a Soupy Groupie

I Was a Soupy Groupie

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My lunch with comedian Soupy Sales is one I'll always remember.


Trading Lives with Larry David

Trading Lives with Larry David

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Taking on Larry's life for a summer -- along with his neighbor Kenny "Kramer" -- made me appreciate my own.


My Life as a Jewish Cartoon

My Life as a Jewish Cartoon

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Playing a Jewish cartoon character on "Rugrats" taught me about who I am in real life.


The Matzohrella Fella

The Matzohrella Fella

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My dad could put a twist on just about every Jewish food. It was great for his soul, but not for his heart.


An Andy Kaufman Story

An Andy Kaufman Story

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What really happened on that infamous episode of "Fridays"? An insider finally reveals the truth.


Remembering Manichewitz

Remembering Manichewitz

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I remember the days when there was only one kosher wine -- Manichewitz. How sweet those days were…


Step Bubbiehood

Step Bubbiehood

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As a middle aged girlfriend, I'd like to skip Step Motherhood and go straight to Step Bubbiehood.


Confessions of a Romantic Cynic

Confessions of a Romantic Cynic

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After all these years, have I finally found the "one"?


Baby Boomer-angs

Baby Boomer-angs

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If Moses lived to 120, we baby boomers are just getting started.


Golden Rule-ing

Golden Rule-ing

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The Bible teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves. But what if your neighbor is a dog?


Uncommon Scents

Uncommon Scents

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Certain smells used to bring back memories. But with the world now overrun with false fragrances I fear I will no longer remember anything.


An Election First!

An Election First!

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What if they made election history by electing America's first Orthodox Jewish President?


The Compulsion to Coupon

The Compulsion to Coupon

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There was no one more frugal than my dad. And we loved him for it


The Writers Strike Back

The Writers Strike Back

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In support of the Writer's Guild, I attended a really convenient rally.


On the Nose

On the Nose

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A freak accident caused me to lose my sense of smell. Bereft of smell, I was "smeft."


Spare Time!?

Spare Time!?

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I like to work. What can I say? So I put myself to work finding a new hobby.


The Art of Napping

The Art of Napping

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I come from a long line of nappers. After all, my people mastered the Day of Rest.