Expressive moms are everywhere, and they're not just raising their kids. There blogging about life with baby, writing books about life with toddlers and performing in TV shows that deal with family. In the case of my show, Expressing Motherhood, they're also performing written pieces that dig deep into the heart of this strange motherhood journey.
Then there's the lighter stuff—moms performing live on stage. Everything from music to theater to comedy.
Some combine all three.
Two musical comedy duos whose performances you need to try to get tickets to are Mommy Tonk and the Pump and Dump Show.
Mommy Tonk consists of two moms out of Los Angeles. Both
women, Stacie Burrows and Shannon Noel, hail from the South. They began
performing together a few years ago after meeting while doing separate acts in Expressing Motherhood .
Burrows has two young boys. She's a veteran of stand
up comedy and got her start on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late '90s alternative comedy scene. She has performed at: Caroline's on
Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store, MBar,
M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater, 3 Clubs, the Boston Comedy Festival and
the Calgary Comedy Festival. A former student of The Groundlings,
she blends her ability to sing and curse along with her comedy
Noel is a writer/performer living
in Los Angeles. She comes from Kentucky and stays close to her southern
roots by listening to classic country music and never taking off her Tony
Lamas. She is artistic coordinator at The Geffen Playhouse and
dedicates each day there to the memory of her late boss, Gil Cates (who, until
his very last day, followed his artistic dreams with passion, grace and an
incredible sense of humor, while never forgetting that family always comes first).
Noel is a graduate of The Second City LA and has
performed sketch and improv all over Los Angeles.
The women have taken their show all over the country for the past two
summers and have dates lined up for this fall.
The second musical comedy duo are
the long time friends, Shayna Ferm and her sidekick Tracey Tee, who make up The Pump
and Dump Show. These moms are both from Denver.
"We first started performing when Shay's son was 6 weeks," Tee told me. "The show was concieved around that time and we started in a neighborhood bar, but were fortunate to quickly outgrow the space. We've been performing twice monthly to sold out crowds in Denver for a year and a half, and we're also touring nationally in addition to our home shows."
Here's how their shows go: comedian/musician Ferm and her sidekick, MC Doula (aka: Tracey Tee), host a highly
irreverent, cult-hit show full of comedy, games, prizes, drinking, swearing and
parental commiseration. Live musical performances are spread throughout the
evening with songs like "Eat Your F-ing Food," and "When I Die, I Want to Come
Back as a Dad."
Audience participation includes "Stump the Breeder" and "The
Most F-ed Up Thing Your Kid Did This Week." The show was conceived (pun intended) in
Denver, Colo., in 2012. According to their website, "This show will make you laugh your c-section scar
I love that these four women have
great relationships and are making this all happen on their own accord—all
while raising young kids.