Laugh at the Absurdity of Parenthood at the Pump and Dump Show

Prematurely of the Denver comedy duo’s seventh annual Mom’s Day Eve efficiency at the Paramount Theatre on Might 11, we spoke with Tracey Tee about the model’s history, #momlife, and the significance of being authentic in parenthood.

By Erin Skarda | Might 7, 2019

Like many good ideas throughout history, Denver natives Tracey Tee and Shayna Ferm dreamed up the Pump and Dump Show throughout playdates with their now 8-year-old daughters. The most effective associates, who grew up in Parker and have recognized one another since the eighth grade, have been deep in the fog of new motherhood once they realized that they only needed area to drink wine and snicker at the absurdity of it all. Who can be extra well-suited to steer a so-called “Band of Mothers”—their phrases—in an evening of comedy about the all-too-real joys of motherhood than Ferm, who was a musical comic in New York City for 12 years, and Tee, a comedy writer?

Seven years later, the Pump and Dump Show has expanded nicely past its fashionable stay present—which is presently in the midst of a fourth national tour—to include a ebook, Parentally Incorrect, the Pump and Dump Podcast, and a personal Fb group that includes greater than 2,000 members. Nonetheless, at the core of their brand is the similar message: As mother and father, we’re all in this collectively.


“We just want to encourage a community of women who give each other ass slaps and hi-fives,” Tee says. “We need to lift each other up instead of push each other down. We’re all doing the best we can. That’s a really powerful thing, in terms of parenting, because it does take a village.”

Prematurely of the Pump and Dump Show’s seventh annual Mom’s Day Eve performance at the Paramount Theatre on Might 11, I spoke with Tee—mother to mother—about the brand’s historical past, #momlife, and the significance of being genuine in parenthood.

Inform me about the humble origins of the Pump and Dump Show.

Tracey Tee: Our daughters have been a few yr and half, and Shayna had just had her son, who was about four or six weeks previous. We have been just in the thick of it. We had an concept that moms wanted a night out. There’s so much strain, especially in these early days. We thought, gosh, if everybody might just get collectively and have a glass of wine and snicker about it, it looks like that might help everybody out. So, we really simply threw it collectively.

Shayna was a musical comedian in New York for 12 years. She had written this Pump and Dump music, and so we started at a bar in Northwest Denver, Local 46, sleep deprived simply as all mothers have been. There were about 60 to 70 individuals who showed up for our first show. The subsequent month, we showed up to the bar and we walked in and—I’ll never forget this—the manager was so wide-eyed. He was like, individuals have been calling all day wanting reservations for groups of 15 and groups of 10! We don’t even take reservations! We don’t even have tables! We don’t know what to do!


So we shortly discovered that there was a necessity. We outgrew Native 46 and moved to the Clocktower Cabaret. After which we added a present at Comedy Works South, doing two exhibits a month and selling these both out. About five years in the past, we decided to start out touring. We hit the street, and now we are on our fourth national tour. It’s our different child and we adore it.

And your model has expanded to different mediums, too.

We wrote a ebook, Parentally Incorrect, which was launched in March 2018. At the beginning of each present, we cross out notecards and have mother and father write down the most f’d up factor their youngsters have finished, and then we learn the tales on stage. The ebook includes a collection of some of the actual juicy gems [from this part of the show]. We took photographs of the playing cards so it’s in the mothers’ handwriting, and type of made the Pump and Dump show in the e-book, so there are games you’ll be able to play if you wish to have a moms night time in, and there are tales and enjoyable issues to read.

In October 2018, we launched our podcast, the Pump and Dump Podcast. We do a new episode every week and that’s been really enjoyable. We’ve been growing the brand while we grow the show, and it’s simply been superb.

Clearly there’s an viewers for this sort of “mom” humor. What do you assume makes your brand so profitable?


I feel really it’s a pair of things. One, it’s not about us. It’s about laughing at all the issues we’ve got in widespread as mother and father. We’re very proud of our stay show. We’ve all the time stated we’re a low-fi enterprise in a high-fi world. We really feel very strongly in the power of laughter and group that you simply really feel if you come to see our present. It doesn’t matter should you ate your personal placenta or have by no means tried a material diaper, we’re nonetheless doing the similar issues. We’re nonetheless struggling and we’re nonetheless questioning ourselves, and we’re nonetheless scared. The most important shock to us was how many moms tell us how they really feel validated after watching our show.

How have your exhibits modified over the years?

I feel it’s gone from extra loosey goosey—us just up there speaking—to actually honing in on our message. Right now, the iteration could be very tight and purposeful. We truly employed a director from New Mexico this fall, Kristin Goodman, who came in and tightened up the present. [Before that] we did every little thing ourselves—wrote it, produced it, blocked it, carried out it, publicized it. I really feel like our present now, the one everybody will see on Mother’s Day Eve, is the end result of seven years, the greatest of ourselves, and the greatest of present.

We do get private about some issues. I speak about my struggles with infertility and breastfeeding. We try to be acutely aware of all types of moms on the market. We name our moms breeders, however we say, it doesn’t matter how you got your child—whether or not it was adoption or IVF or surrogate. You simply can’t steal your child. In the event you’re a stepmom, you’re a breeder. We know there are all types of mothers and infants are available tons of alternative ways.

I don’t need to be cliché and ask you ways you stability traveling for the show and household life, but in all honesty, it’s gotta be onerous.


We don’t thoughts getting that question from ladies, as much as we get it from males, as a result of they’re like, ‘Oh it’s so nice that your husbands let you do this!’ And that’s not how it is. You understand, we are very busy, however we aren’t gone for more than like three days at a time. So sometimes, we’ll get up, take the youngsters to high school, drive to the airport, fly to a different city, do a present that night time, get up early in the morning, hop on a aircraft, and decide the youngsters up from faculty. No one really even notices we’re gone anymore.

It goes again to that village…We’re fortunate to have a terrific help system of family and pals and babysitters, and we simply get it finished. Truthfully, it’s no totally different than different working mothers. Assume of people who work nights or docs. Many women journey more than we do. You work it out. Your family adapts. We’re fortunate that once we’re residence, we’re residence. We’re in our pajamas working on our couches. We’re right here for our youngsters once we’re not on tour, so it’s fairly awesome.

I gotta inform you, I have a replica of Parentally Incorrect on my desk at work. I can’t help but chuckle at some of the tales included in the guide. Are you ever stunned by what you hear?

Continuously. There are undoubtedly lots of commonalities—simply so much poop across America—but I don’t assume anything might really shock us at this point. I will say that the true, unbelievable creativity for youngsters to get themselves in dangerous conditions is spectacular. As much as we speak about helicopter parenting and all these various things, youngsters are still doing the similar idiotic issues they have been doing 100 years ago. It’s virtually comforting. So many occasions we’ve read a card on stage and needed to stop as a result of we’re just crying, laughing at some mom’s horrible story.

It looks like there’s a bent immediately to put a literal filter on motherhood, particularly on social media. You and Shayna are trying to take that filter off. Do you assume there’s sufficient on the market about the actuality of #momlife?


I can’t inform. We give it some thought quite a bit, and it’s truly an enormous message in our present. Our mantra for this Parentally Incorrect tour is no one is ideal. We straight up tackle social media and how ridiculous it makes us all. How it skews our visions of ourselves, but in addition about what parenting truly is.

This seems judge-y, which isn’t what we’re purported to be, however we’ll see these “honest” posts on social, and it’s a mother pushing her child by means of a grocery store, her hair is up, and youngsters are operating around. However who took the image? [laughs] You arrange that shot! That’s not actual life. For those who have been actually that busy, you wouldn’t be like, hey, let’s take an image of me being tremendous mother proper now.

Right! Do you all have Instagram husbands who are just waiting to take these pictures? I have questions.

I agree! I’ve questions too. And my questions are: Aren’t you drained? Don’t you need to go sit down? Do it’s a must to tell us you’re going to the park?

So your Denver present is on Mother’s Day Eve—what do you might have planned for Mother’s Day?


I by no means really get that far! The present takes up so much time. I simply need to sleep in and get some donuts. Then I’m joyful. And just, like, lay in bed with my family. That’s all I want. If it’s good out, I’ll garden. It doesn’t take much.

That sounds good.

Yeah it is. The night time earlier than is our huge night time to rejoice, we sit up for it yearly. It’s so fun. There’s a dance get together after. Because moms actually only need to dance with other moms.

In case you go: The Pump & Dump Show’s Mother’s Day Eve occasion takes place on Saturday, Might 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. Tickets are $30–$45.

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