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We Called Your Mom
52 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Diane (Beth Stelling's mom)
What a wonderful way to end the pod. We didn’t get offered another season, but we are so thankful to you for listening, rating and leaving reviews. Who knows? We may find a way to do it on our own… but let’s be real we barely found our way into the Zoom room. I’m so thankful I got the chance from Earwolf to do this podcast with my mom. What started as calling my talented friends’ moms to hear fun stories about their childhood, turned into getting to know the amazing women who made them. The biggest thank you goes to all the moms who came on to speak with us, and of course to my mom Diane for agreeing to host with me knowing nothing of podcasts, let alone hosting one! She brought so much heart and curiosity, as she does all things in life. It’s incredible to have this audio scrapbook for my friends to cherish their mom’s episode recording in the years to come, and in some cases, learn something they didn’t know about them. Lastly a special thank you to Suchithra (Aparna Nancherla’s mom) for taking the time to speak with us in November. Hers was the only episode we lost because of recording error and I can’t express the sadness I have that you can’t hear it because it was such a lovely conversation we will cherish. Sweet dreams!
66 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Joyce (Roy Wood Jr.'s mom)
Joyce is a game changer. Roy called in at the beginning of this episode to suggest we ask his mom about her activism in the Civil Rights Movement, and we’re grateful Joyce was willing to share. Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Joyce went on to Delta State University where she was one of the first Black students to integrate the school. Her enrollment exposed her to innumerable tribulations due to the racism of teachers, students, the entire academic system and society at large. She didn’t succumb to racism and instead fought for her human rights by participating in sit-ins, protesting her grades from discriminatory professors and merely by using the bathrooms in her dorm. Despite these negative forces Joyce still went onto grad school and law school, and continues her remarkable work in the world of academia as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at a college in Birmingham, Alabama. She told us that Roy was a quiet child which worked quite nicely considering he was a toddler when she was in law school. She was influential in Roy attaining his college degree from Florida A&M, and was supportive of his comedy career once he completed his schooling. Listen to Roy’s latest special “No One Loves You” on Spotify or Apple and catch him on The Daily Show or hosting his show This Is Not Happening on Comedy Central.
76 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Kathy (Will Allan's mom)
It was a pleasure catching up with Kathy Allan, the mother of actor and playwright, Will Allan! Will and Beth became friends in high school through Speech and Debate (Humorous Interpretation) and have kept in touch ever since. Kathy was a legal secretary for 10 years before switching gears to education. She earned her teaching certificate and taught social studies along with working as a theatre coach when Will was young. Kathy directed Will’s first role in middle school and has been encouraging of his journey as an actor ever since; she’s never missed a performance from Bye Bye Birdie at Oakwood High School to The History Boys at TimeLine Theatre in Chicago. Now retired from teaching, Kathy volunteers at RefugeeOne in Chicago, a non-profit agency that creates opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution. Kathy manages the Sewing Lab and has been active in distributing masks made by refugees. Visit RefugeeOne.org to purchase a mask.
51 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Chris (Brooks Wheelan's mom)
Chris is a down-to-earth and refreshing woman. She was born in Jefferson City, Missouri and grew up on her family’s dairy farm. Chris was one of 7 children who were given their very own cow to raise and care for, eventually becoming 9-10 head of cattle to oversee. Chris was involved in band, pep squad, track, and 4-H in high school. Today, she is an accountant and credits her parents for the financial responsibilities they gave her on the dairy farm as a young girl. As a Mom, Chris shared her love of reading with her three sons. One of her favorite memories with her youngest son, Brooks, was standing out in the middle of their two-acre family home looking through a telescope waiting for a magnificent meteor shower...whispering to each other. Brooks is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor who has been featured on Seth Meyers, Conan, SNL, GIRLS and AP Bio. He hosts his own podcast called Entry Level.
65 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Rhonda (Jonathan Lipnicki's mom)
A love of acting and the arts runs deeply in Rhonda's family. She was born on Sunset Blvd. and raised in the San Fernando Valley; her fondest memories were going to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with her grandmother to see movies. Little did she know her children would grow to love acting as she did! Jonathan Lipnicki was 4 1/2 when he landed his first role as Ray Boyd in the movie Jerry Maguire, holding his own alongside Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger. He went on to star in the Stuart Little movies, The Little Vampire, and Little Mike. The balance Jonathan maintained as he transitioned to television (Dawson’s Creek), and to films as a young adult, can be attributed to Rhonda always checking in to see if acting was still a passion. In Rhonda’s words, “Jonathan is a gifted actor, but more importantly, he is a kind soul.” Jonathan has two movies coming out soon: “Pooling to Paradise” and “Broil.”
77 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Penny (Adam Devine's mom)
The biggest takeaway from our conversation with Penny was the power of a mother’s intuition. Penny had a premonition on the day her family went to the zoo while Adam stayed home for the day. Her story is told on the Disney + program, Becoming. We also were treated to happier memories of Adam as a little boy before his tragic accident. You will enjoy hearing about “Sneaky” the four-year-old Adam with black glasses, cowboy boots, and no pants! He was a little boy with a big personality! Beth and Adam have something in common: leaping out of closets and dark spaces to scare their parents. Adam did this as a kid. Beth continues as an adult to taunt her Mom. You may know Adam from his hit TV show Workaholics, Modern Family, The Righteous Gemstones, as Bumper in the Pitch Perfect movies or his latest Netflix special Best Time of Our Lives.
74 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Bonnie (Christa Miller's mom)
We got to talk to a supermodel! Bonnie Trompeter is an American icon in the world of modeling, but her proudest role is being the mother of actress Christa Miller, who you know as Kate O’Brien on The Drew Carey Show, Jordan Sullivan on Scrubs and Ellie Torres on Cougar Town. Bonnie graced the cover of Life Magazine at age 14 and was followed for two months as the magazine observed the “life of an American teenager.” This was the beginning of Bonnie’s successful modeling career; she appeared on the cover of Redbook, Seventeen and Bride’s Magazine. Christa followed Bonnie’s lead and did some modeling when she was only 6 months old for Wonder Bread and even joined her Mom on the cover of Redbook!
56 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Marie (Michelle Buteau's mom)
At the beginning of this episode we hear a bit about Marie’s upbringing in Jamaica before Michelle joins the call from a film set Atlanta! So it’s another double daughter, double mom episode. You also get two versions of how Michelle’s parent’s met: Marie’s and then Michelle’s, which shows just how great a storyteller Michelle is, because the flair added was laugh out loud. Marie told us that Michelle has a journalism degree and early on, aspired to be like Oprah! She says Michelle loved throwing parties down in their New Jersey basement and that her latest stand-up special was just like that... this time it just happened to be in the basement of New York City’s Sony Hall. Watch “Welcome to Buteaupia” on Netflix and snag her new book “Survival of the Thickest” now!
65 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Gege (Bert Kreischer’s mom)
It took an expert to raise Bert Kreischer into “The Machine” he is today, which is why Miss Gege was qualified for the job. Gege specializes in Early Childhood Development, and not just because she witnessed her 8 brothers go through every stage of it. She’s a real pro. This episode covers Gege’s childhood, marriage, education and motherhood, right up to Bert sending his tour bus to bring her to Los Angeles amidst the pandemic. We get to hear what it’s like to be on a star’s tour bus without the star, what kind of student Bert was in primary school (what lead to him being named the #1 Party Animal in college) and why Gege is most proud of Bert. Oh and we develop a theory as to why Bert has a penchant for ripping off his shirt. Hope you enjoy this ep with sharp and witty Gege.
88 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Toni (Mary Hollis Inboden’s mom)
This is the BFFM episode (Best Friend Forever’s Mom)! Mary Hollis and Beth have been friends for over ten years, having met on the Chicago theatre scene. They grew close working at the Chicago coffee shop called Dollop and both made their way to Los Angeles just a couple of years apart. They are each other’s biggest fans (only second to their moms). Diane and Toni feel like they would’ve been best friends too, if geography hadn’t gotten in the way. Diane always dreamed of having a horse and Toni grew up on a cattle ranch with her own paint pony named Jody. Both moms supported their budding actresses and encouraged them to follow their dreams. Find more of Mary Hollis @maryhollisinboden or maryhollisinboden.com!
73 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Brenda (Cameron Esposito's mom)
In this episode you get 2 moms and 2 daughters! Beth Stelling and Cameron Esposito met many years ago in Chicago, IL where they started their stand-up comedy careers around the same time. In this episode we get to meet Cameron's mom Brenda, and hear about her life growing up in Gallipolis, Ohio. Diane and Brenda connected on both having three daughters, attending Ohio colleges (Xavier and Wittenberg) and growing up, they loved Broadway musicals and 60’s TV shows like Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey. They also shared their love of the arts with their children, which probably had a hand in leading Beth and Cameron to comedy. This episode also holds the answer to how Diane and Brenda really feel about their daughters' acts.
80 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Binaifer (Behzad Dabu’s mom)
Binaifer grew up in a very artistic family in India. Her parents invited dancers, singers and actors over to practice for local productions. She fondly remembers there being “a diva in every room.” For more than 20 years she and her husband have been involved in community theatre in Syracuse, NY. Both have won many theatre awards, her for performing and Navroz for his scenic design. Performing reminded her of her father and took her mind off immigrating to a new country. She feels they are honoring their parents through their community theatre involvement. They’ve passed their love of theater on to Behzad, who you can find @behzaddabu and playing Simon Drake on How to Get Away with Murder as well as Amir on The Chi.
58 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Ginger (Fortune Feimster's mom)
Ginger and Diane have a lot in common! Both retired teachers who love music from the 60’s on Sirius radio and watching their daughters perform stand-up. Ginger taught Special Education and has a passion for political activism, instilled by her parents who she grew up watching canvas for Democrat Adlai Stevenson in North Carolina. Fortune and Beth’s acts are based on real people in their lives, which often includes their moms. In this episode you can find the truth about whether Ginger’s ever actually eaten at Hooters. We think Ginger’s best gift to her daughter is: accepting her for who she is.
70 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Barb (Micah Stock’s mom)
This is a hometown episode for us! Barb lives just a few blocks from Diane, so her talented son Micah grew up in the same school system as Beth. Beth and Micah’s friendship started around middle school/high school in the Ohio High School Speech League and continued on through their adult lives and careers in entertainment. Barb is a professor of Economics at the University of Dayton yet has always had a deep love of theatre that found its way to Micah, and in turn, has given her a front row seat for life. Micah is best known for his appearances on Broadway, in the Sundance breakout Brittany Runs a Marathon, playing Doug in the Netflix dark comedy series Bonding and he’s currently starring in the Disney+ original series The Right Stuff as astronaut Deke Slayton! From Micah’s Tony nomination alongside Nathan Lane to being Beth’s Conan holiday party date, Micah is very versatile.
59 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Abbie (Noah Galvin's mom)
This episode has connection issues but only of the internet variety! We connected genuinely with Noah’s mom Abbie. After success as a filmmaker and director with her twin sister, Carol (a clothing designer @ShoshNewYork), Abbie went on to found The Studio in New York City where she teaches the transformative practice of Katonah Yoga (@thestudio.yoga). Which we learned can shed light on your habits and offer fresh perspective and insight. Having a twin sister has made Abbie’s nieces and nephews more like siblings to her own children, and therefore a deeply connected family unit who not only supports but believes in and practices the family trade of self-awareness, enlightenment and expression. Abbie’s son Noah is currently playing Dr. Asher Wolke on The Good Doctor (ABC) and previously starred as Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway as well as being the star of the ABC sitcom The Real O’Neals to name just a few of his artistic endeavors. Find him @noahegalvin
71 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Ruth (Madisen Ward’s mom)
This is the first episode where the child of our mom-guest is present for the conversation! And we made an exception because they are a package deal! Ruth and Madisen make up the Americana Folk band called Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. In this episode you’ll hear about the genesis of Ruth’s love for music and storytelling, and we’ll give you a hint: it ends with a dinner with Janis Ian! Check out their forthcoming podcast The Mad Mama Half Happy Hour! And of course their musical albums: “Skeleton Crew” and “Started With a Family.” Follow them @madisenwardmb Hope you enjoy our four-way conversation as much as we did!
63 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Karen (Ron Funches' mom)
It’s officially season 2 as we begin to share our 2020 recordings (we’re calling them the Zoom Years)! No better way to kick it off than with Ron Funches’ mom Karen. Getting to know Karen, it’s clear to see how Ron became a joy warrior. Karen was a social worker, nurse and worked in the jail system helping others. She and Ron share a great sense of humor and while they’re very close, Karen regaled us with an anecdote that Ron hasn’t heard. Our favorite quote of Karen’s is: “Who you spend your time with is important. Life is short!” For more Ron visit RonFunches.com and watch “Nice One!” on Quibi. His podcast Gettin’ Better is available wherever you get podcasts!
71 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Live from Just For Laughs in Montreal
Our first LIVE episode! And with double the mom! We were invited to attend the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Quebec last Summer, so we got Diane a passport and went international. Our mom guests are Toby (her daughter Sophie Buddle is the first female to win the Canadian Juno Award for Comedy Album of the Year)! And Linda (her son Andrew Goldberg is one of the creators of the cartoon hit show Big Mouth)! Beth thinks she could’ve been a better co-host to Diane, while Diane thinks Toby & Linda could’ve done it without us! Enjoy delving into the origins of comedy greats!
45 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Patti (Will Forte’s Mom)
Episode 8 holds the secret to raising a Saturday Night Live superstar. Patti tells us the details of Will’s conception and how she discovered who her true friends were on the set of the film MacGruber. Patti is open, silly, thoughtful and endlessly kind so we guess that’s where Will must’ve gotten it. Beth met Will on the set of the film Good Boys filmed the summer of 2018 in Vancouver, B.C. Will accepted the role but didn’t want to leave Patti on her birthday so she came along and we celebrated her on set!
61 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Chris (Tiffany & Danielle Puterbaugh's mom)
Episode 7 is a conversation with Chris, the mother of my best friends Tiffany and Danielle. On stage they're a stand-up comedy duo known as The Puterbaugh Sisters. Even though we grew up only an hour apart, we didn't meet until 2007 in Chicago but became instant friends and we've grown to be more like sisters. Diane says she would’ve been best friends with Chris if we’d all grown up in the same town! The Puterbaugh Sisters were a massive influence on the entire Chicago stand-up scene by bringing their silly, uninhibited, unapologetic style to any stage they stepped on, whether it was 2 inches or 6 feet off the ground. Everyone got sillier, looser and a bit braver with the Puterbaughs around. Enjoy getting to know their mother Chris!
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