PREVIEW: Scummy Mummies show goes on tour

Picture Editor / Founding Editor Jasmine N Wing

By Caroline Cutting | @carolinecuttingauthor
Sub-edited by Jasmine Wing | @JasmineW_BN

Comedy duo the Scummy Mummies ‘specialise in producing and performing comedy for less than perfect parents’ and on the back of their highly successful parenting podcast, the pair- Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorne – have taken they’re show on tour.

Parenting is really hard, I should know I have four boys. There’s no instruction manual, you live in a permanent state of guilt and you struggle to remember what life was like before all the unfathomable clothing stains and sleepless nights. It’s hard to be ‘parentally perfect’. So, what do you get if you cross two less than perfect parents? Comedy gold.

When they met on the stand up scene 6 years ago, Ellie and Helen shared jokes about boobs, marriage, and who was the worst mum. They quickly realised that they had a lot in common, including the same midwife who delivered their sons!


Three months later they launched their first podcast, and what began as hilarious banter between two mums about their epic parenting fails, became the number one iTunes podcast. It has since been downloaded 2 million times in more than 150 countries and they have an enormous combined social media following of 100,000 followers. Check out their podcast here.


They’ve also had time between swapping their parenting and comedy ‘hats’ to write their first book Scummy Mummies, which was released in March 2017 and reached the top 20 of the Amazon chart. That same year they were nominated for the UK’s Best Comedy Podcast at The British Podcast Awards, along with Mixcloud and Lovies awards. You can find their book here.


Fast forward to 2019 and the ladies are on tour, celebrating the scummier side of parenting and combining spreadsheets with changing nappies and expressing milk, while looking resplendent in their trademark gold catsuits. They will be performing at festivals, comedy nights and theatres around the UK. They started in Cambridgeshire earlier this month and will appear at the Edinburgh Fringe in August; with their Fringe preview shows taking place at The Ivy House in London. For more information visit their website here.

With tickets selling out fast, grab yours now and take pleasure in knowing that you’re not the only one dropping the parenting ball.

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