Scummy Mummies - Podcast

Scummy Mummies - Podcast

United Kingdom

A comedy chat show for less-than-perfect parents. Hosted by comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn and featuring guest parenting experts, comedians and authors. The podcast covers the big issues affecting modern parents - from fish fingers to farting, to play-dates and pelvic floors. Expect frank and funny chat as well as wine, laughter and sophisticated boob jokes. Check out our Scummy Mummies Blog and dates for our Live Comedy Shows - www.scummymummies.com

Episodes

Episode 87: Hurrah for Gin Special  

Our guest for this episode is megablogger author Katie Kirby, otherwise known as Hurrah For Gin! We discuss how she turned her hilarious stick figure cartoons into a best-selling book. She reveals the one post her husband wasn't happy with, and shows us the tattoo on her bum. There's some chat about writing, making money from blogging, and which Thomas the Tank Engine character we'd "do". As always, we round off with Scummy Mummy Confessions. Hurrah for Gin: A Book for Perfectly Imperfect Parents is out now. Katie's blog is at hurrahforgin.com, and she's on Twitter @hurrahforgin. The Scummy Mummies book isn't out till 9 March, but you can pre-order it right now! We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 86: Don't Buy Her Flowers Special with Steph Douglas  

What's the best gift to get a new mum? Why shouldn't you buy her flowers? And what's the worst present our husbands ever gave us? We answer all these questions and more in this episode, with special guest Steph Douglas. She tells us all about how she set up her own business, and why it makes women cry. We discuss the phenomenon of being hangry, what it's like to have a vicar for a dad, and where to buy the best fried chicken in London. Then we play a new game - Did Our Husbands Really Give Us That? - before rounding off with Scummy Mummy Confessions. You can not buy someone flowers via dontbuyherflowers.com, and follow Steph on Facebook and Instagram. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 85: Step-Parenting Special with Sarah Powell  

How long should you wait to introduce your kids to a new partner? What's Lady Gaga really like? And what's the best way to cut up cherry tomatoes? Answering all these questions is Heat Radio's Sarah Powell! She shares her favourite life hacks and tells us about the time she raided Take That's mini bar. We chat about her appearances on This Morning, and discover who is filthiest out of Holly and Phil or Eamonn and Ruth. Then it's time for FAMILY CHAT. Sarah talks about life with her boyfriend, his two daughters, and why she doesn't like the term "step-mother". She gives us her tips on meeting your partner's children for the first time, and how to establish a relationship. As always we round off with Scummy Mummy Confessions, this time involving a head torch and some screaming. You can catch the brilliant Jules and Sarah podcast on iTunes and YouTube. Sarah's on Twitter - @thissarahpowell - and her website is sarahpowell.co.uk. Thank you to Most Wanted Wines, who supplied us with a lovely Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to aid the recording of this podcast. Did the trick. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 84: Girls & Sex Special with Peggy Orenstein  

This episode is especially not suitable for children, as we discuss a wide range of filth - everything from sexting and porn to front bottoms and Top Gun. Our guest is the wonderful Peggy Orenstein, author of new book Girls & Sex. She tells us what kids are really up to these days, and why we should all copy lesbians and the Dutch. Then it's time for PRACTICAL CHAT - Peggy reveals when we should start talking to our children about sex, how to start that conversation, and what we should call their bits. Ellie is thrilled to learn she is a "demisexual", and to discover she is one degree of separation closer to Kelly McGillis. Peggy's ace book is out now. You can follow her on Twitter - @peggyorenstein. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 83: The Unmumsy Mum Special  

She's one of the UK's biggest bloggers, she's a best-selling author, and now she's on our podcast - it's Sarah Turner, otherwise known as The Unmumsy Mum! We chat about why she started her blog, and the challenges we all faced as new mums. There are various tangents about tiredness, judging each other, and rum balls. Then it's time for some fun as we play our new favourite game, Anything For Money! Find out what unspeakable thing Ellie would do to Daddy Pig for a million pounds. In Book Chat, Sarah tells us about how she got to the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list, and how she's getting on with the sequel - The Unmumsy Mum's Diary, out in February. We finish off with the Unmumsy Mum's Scummy Mummy Confession. You can read Sarah's brilliant blog at theunmumsymum.blogspot.co.uk. Her first book, The Unmumsy Mum, is out now, and she's on Twitter @theunmumsymum. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 82: Sally Phillips Special  

IT'S SALLY PHILLIPS! She tells us all about her new documentary, the new Bridget Jones film, and why sperm is one of Denmark's biggest exports. There's some serious talk about Sally's experience of having a child with Down's Syndrome, and why she wants to start a conversation about screening. Then we move on to Career Chat - Sally discusses Smack the Pony, Veep, and reveals what Colin Firth is really like. The Scummy Mummies workshop their new gameshow idea, Anything For Money, and we discover how much you'd have to pay Ellie to snog Nigel Farage. Sorry about the drilling early on - it does stop after a minute or two, promise! Here are the websites Sally mentions: Future of Down's Downside Up Lose the Label Her documentary is on BBC2 on Wednesday 5 October. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 81: TV's Cherry Healey Returns!  

One minute she's feeding Greg Wallace chips on Celebrity Masterchef, the next she's riding her mum bike round the Olympic velodrome, and trying to lick David James. Yes, it's TV's Cherry Healey! She tells us how she got her start in television, and we discuss what we wanted to be when we grow up. We also cover the tricky topic of baby names, and share some super Scummy Mummy Confessions. By the way, did you know our Ellie is on the telly too? She's co-starring in new video games show Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit. It's currently showing at 10pm Monday nights on Dave, or you can watch it online. Cherry's fabulous book, Letters to my Fanny, is out now. You can follow her on Twitter @cherryhealey. The booze for this podcast was supplied by Most Wanted Wines, and very nice it was too. Thanks, Most Wanted! If anyone else would like to send us free wine, or free anything really, please email scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com. You can catch Cherry and us talk about motherhood at the fabulous Stylist Live event on Thursday 13 October, 4pm. Grab tickets from live.stylist.co.uk. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 80: Expat Special with Patrick Garratt  

How honest should we be with our kids about drugs? How do you get a novel published? What's it like to live in the most underpopulated part of France with three children under five? Answering these seemingly unrelated questions is the brilliant Patrick Garratt! We kick off with Expat Pat Chat, where he tells us why his decision to move abroad was "incredibly stupid, in retrospect." Helen does something inappropriate, again, and tells us about her own European dream. (This episode was recorded before the Brexit vote, so it's in ruins now obviously.) Then it's time for Expat Pat Tat Chat, as our guest reveals how becoming a dad inspired him to colour in his arm. And in Book Chat, we discuss Pat's new novel, Deg, which is out this autumn. Ellie presents her new game, To Brie Or Not To Brie, and we finish off with Scummy Mummy Confessions. You can follow Pat on Twitter @patlike, and if you like video games you should check out his website - vg247.com. Deg is now available for pre-order. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 79: Reggie and Bollie at Camp Bestival  

In this short but very special episode, we talk to X-Factor stars Reggie and Bollie! They reveal why they got told off for being too happy, and where Cheryl takes people for posh nosh. Plus there's some exclusive celebrity chat about taking the bins out. This podcast was recorded live at Camp Bestival, where we did a Scummy Mummies show at the same time Reggie and Bollie were on the main stage. Listen in to find out who got the biggest audience. Reggie and Bollie are on Twitter, and tour dates can be found at reggie-n-bollie.com. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 78: Quiz Special with Miles Jupp  

Our guest for this episode is Miles Jupp, host of Radio 4's The News Quiz and star of Balamory! He tells us what it's like having five kids, discusses his bitter rivalry with Mister Maker, and does the sexiest impression of Craig McLachlan anyone will ever hear. We find out what's REALLY going on in Balamory, and Helen reveals how she's using a Fitbit to spice up her sex life. We also do a bit of Bible Dipping to ask the Lord if Bananarama will ever come on the podcast. Then it's time to turn the tables as we present Miles with our special Scummy Mummies Quiz. Miles' new stand-up tour starts this autumn - visit milesjupp.co.uk for dates and tickets. He is not on Twitter. We are, though! @scummymummies. We're also on Instagram and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. And if you're going to Camp Bestival this weekend - come and say hello! We're performing our show at 2pm on Friday 29 July, then co-hosting a comedy workshop at 11am on the Saturday, followed by the Secret Mummies' Wine Club at 8.30pm. (The last one is a ticketed event.) All in the Literary Institute tent. Thank you for listening!

Episode 77: Stacey Solomon Special  

Episode 77: Stacey Solomon Special She's an X-Factor star, an I'm a Celebrity jungle queen, and now she's a Scummy Mummies podcast guest - it's Stacey Solomon! Stacey tells us what it's like to have a baby at 18, and how she manages being a single mum. We chat about being judged on the school run, and whether she'd let her own kids audition for The X-Factor. Then it's time for Judges' Houses as Stacey judges the Scummy Mummies' singing, in her actual house! Find out which one of us gets through to the live show. There's a surprise celebrity cameo, and we round off with an amazing confession involving the Hollywood sign and a rogue poo. Find out what Stacey's up to by visiting staceyxsolomon.com. Her latest book, Walk on By, is out now. She's on Twitter @staceysolomon. We're also on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 76: Mid-Life Crisis Special with Miranda Sawyer  

The amazing Miranda Sawyer is our guest for this episode! She tells us all about having kids later in life, dealing with mid-life panic, and getting off with Grace Jones. We discuss Miranda's time working on Smash Hits, when she interviewed everyone from Madonna to Bros, and she tells us what's wrong with music today. Then there's some chat about her brilliant new book, Out of Time, which is all about surviving a mid-life crisis: "'You wake one day and everything is wrong. It's as though you went out one warm evening - an evening fizzing with delicious potential, so ripe and sticky-sweet you can taste it on the air - for just one drink ...And woke up two days later in a skip. Except you're not in a skip, you're in an estate car, on the way to an out-of-town shopping mall to buy a balance bike, a roof rack and some stackable storage boxes." To finish off, we discuss why spiralisers are like drugs, and Helen reveals how a recent trip to the hospital has left her without an appendix but with a morphine addiction. Miranda's ace book is available to buy from 30th June. She is on Twitter @msmirandasawyer. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 75: China Special with Mei Fong  

A Pulitzer prize-winning author joins us for this episode! Mei Fong tells us all about her book, One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment, and why China is full of horny young men these days. The chat gets a bit serious as we discuss the realities of the One Child policy, and one of us has a little cry. We also talk about Mei's experiences of miscarriage and IVF. But then it's back to the usual old nonsense as Mei tells us about the time she met the queen sporting the world's dodgiest perm, and why suburban America is the strangest place she's ever lived. We finish up with Scummy Mummy Confessions, and Ellie almost throws Mei off the podcast for slagging off Marie Kondo. Mei's brilliant book is out now. You can read more about her at meifong.org, and follow her on Twitter @meifongwriter. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 74: Dads, dicks and Ab Fab with Josh Howie  

Is it OK to brainwash your kids? What's it like growing up as the son of the woman who inspired Absolutely Fabulous? And why is Josh Howie such a dick? Answering all these questions is the one and only Josh Howie! We talk about Josh's new sitcom, coming to Radio 4 later this year. There's some chat about what makes a good dad, and how not to make friends with James McEvoy. Plus we play a movie game, Hollydad, and one of us is revealed as a VERY sore loser. Listen out for Josh Howie's Losing It on the radio this autumn. In the meantime, you can follow him on Twitter @joshxhowie. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 73: Gadget Special with Zoe Kleinman  

Robot butlers! Self-cleaning toilets! Hoovers that judge you! We find out all about these gadgets and more with the help of BBC technology journalist Zoe Kleinman. There's some chat about screen time, virtual reality, and the most useless baby gadgets we have owned. Ellie reveals how she deals with mansplaining in PC World, and Helen presents a new game called Buzz My Feed! In Boob Chat we talk about Zoe's book, Birth, Boobs and Bad Advice, and why she feels there's too much pressure on women to breastfeed. Then we round off with Scummy Mummy Confessions. Zoe's book is available on Amazon. Follow her on Twitter via @zsk and @bbctech. Many thanks to Thomson and Scott for supplying the delicious Skinny Prosecco we drank during this episode. It's lower in sugar than regular prosecco so it has only half the calories, but it tastes just as good to us, bearing in mind we are greedy philistines. You can buy Skinny Prosecco from Thomsonandscott.com, where their Skinny Champagne is currently half price. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 72: Cherry Healey's Letters to Her Fanny  

We are on location for this episode, coming to you live from the launch of Cherry Healey's fabulous new book, Letters to my Fanny. Cherry tells us how writing a book is like having a baby, and why she's sick of everyone saying they've read it in two days. She also shares the top nugget of wisdom she plans to pass on to her kids. Then Helen and Ellie play top game Fanny Fiction. The brilliant Letters to my Fanny is out now. You can read more about Cherry over at cherryhealey.com, and follow her on Twitter - @cherryhealey We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 71: Dress Like A Mum Special with Zoe De Pass  

What's on trend for Spring/Summer 2016? Are designer jeans worth the money? Is it OK to wear your pyjamas for the school run? Answering all these questions is fab fashion blogger Zoe de Pass, from Dress Like a Mum! She tells us why she set up her blog, how she feels about being an "Instamum", and how to be good at social media. We play a new hashtag-themed game, and there's some chat about the perils of cashmere jogging bottoms. To round off, we have a quality selection of Scummy Mummy Confessions. Zoe's brilliant blog is at dresslikeamum.com. She's on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook too! Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 70: Poetry Special with Hollie McNish  

We are 70! And to celebrate, here's a bumper episode with hilarious poet Hollie McNish! We discuss hot topics such as whether motherhood boosts creativity, and sexual tension in Bob the Builder. Hollie tells us about her experience of being a younger mum, and why she thinks party poppers should be available on the NHS. She performs her brilliant poem Embarrassed, which is all about breastfeeding, and we have a little cry. Helen and Ellie do some poetry of their own, and there is some more crying for different reasons. Hollie's book, Nobody Told Me, is out now. Her website is holliepoetry.com and she's on Twitter @holliepoetry. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 69: Sexy Time with Wendy Wason  

What's the best way to get through divorce? What's it like to date a younger man? And what does Benedict Cumberbatch smell like up close? Answering all these questions is fabulous comedian Wendy Wason! We discuss the trials of trying to have sexy time without the kids catching you at it, and Wendy tells us who she fancies most out of Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, and Nicholas Lyndhurst. Then it's time for Current Affairs, which inevitably descends into some chat about that thing Cameron did with the pig, again. Helen tries to do a Scottish accent. We round off with Scummy Mummy Confessions, including one from an actual listener! You can find out more about our lovely guest by visiting wendywason.co.uk or following her on Twitter - @wendy_wason. We're on Twitter @scummymummies, Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

Episode 68: Politics Special with Zoe Williams  

Our guest for this episode is the brilliant author and columnist Zoe Williams. We cover all the issues, from Corbyn vs Cameron to what rich people think recycling bins are for. Ellie explains why US politics is a bit like Star Wars, and Helen introduces a new game - If Politicians Were Food. There's also some parenting chat as we discuss the issues around feeling like a failure, and what gets us through the day. Plus, as always, we finish up with some Scummy Mummy Confessions. Zoe's books, Get It Together and Madness of Modern Parenting, are out now. She's on Twitter @zoesqwilliams. We're on Twitter (@scummymummies), Instagram, and Facebook. Please send your confessions to scummymummiespodcast@gmail.com and visit us at ScummyMummies.com. If you like the podcast, do tell your friends! Thank you for listening!

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