is a performing songwriter with a background in theatre and comedy. A rust-belt refugee from Northeastern Pennsylvania, she attended college in New York City as a theater major and instantly became a die-hard-with-a-vengeance New Yorker. After graduating she worked in publishing and satisfied her stage habit as a founding member of a small theater company that never made any money and kept her on the verge of burn-out. She later explored sketch-writing, improvisational comedy, stand-up comedy and cabaret.
It was the cabaret and stand-up that sparked her the most and led her to concert-type performance. But its a combination of all these elements that makes her stand out on the acoustic music circuit. Performing either as a duo with her husband and producer Paul Guzzone, or with a band, Mary Ellen is known for her high-energy live shows that can be both funny and poignant. A New York radio personality described her as Tom Waits meets Tracey Ullman. A fan compared her to Frank Zappa. And its been said that, at times, she can be a little too entertaining. She has appeared at clubs, theaters and outdoor events either as a featured act or opening for such artists as John Prine, Loudon Wainwright III, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, John Sebastian, Cheryl Wheeler, Rockapella and The Bacon Brothers.