Mel Cowan began performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2006, and has studied under Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, John Ross Bowie, Seth Morris, Sean Conroy and Owen Burke. He performs regularly with the long-running team Sentimental Lady and can also be seen inRough Cut: The Improvised Movie. He has been seen in various shows at UCB including thirty:30, Smug Rock Nation,Sketch Cram and wrote and performed with the Maude team Hot Mess. He has appeared in Reno 911!, Parks and Recreation, Free Agents and numerous national commercials. Through the magic of editing, he seems to be the one person who actually dies in the beloved children's film Meet Dave, starring Eddie Murphy. He is a Texas native and a graduate from the University of Texas' film program. He is currently working on several screenplays and a novel, and spends an inordinate amount of time with his dog and collection of odd musical instruments.