The Mother Effin' Podcast

The Mother Effin' Podcast
Patti Crouch and Heather Dragulescu host a podcast about their crazy lives as stand up comedians and foster adopt mothers to three children each! Patti is the Hispanic mama with African American children and the youngest has a disability called Fetal Alchohol Spectrum Disorder. Heather is the Hapa tiger mom with Mexican children that were adopted together as an older sibling set. Both Patti and Heather turned to standup comedy as an outlet for the frustrations they felt at home. Listen each week as they discuss comedy, motherhood, foster care, adoption, and whatever else is bugging them.
Episode 28 - We’re Going To Disneyland
Apr 22 • 62 min
Quickie: Rant - Van Blues, Patti and Heather discuss the state of their cars and discuss the frustrations of trying to keep their vehicles clean. This week is a TIPS filled episode about going to Disneyland! Make your family trip the happiest on Earth by…
Quickie: Small Talk - Llama Mama
Apr 19 • 1 min
Patti has made a self discovery about what kind of Mama she is.
Quickie: Rant - Power Struggles
Apr 17 • 6 min
The MEs discuss power struggles with their kids.
Episode 27 - Breaking Out For Spring
Apr 15 • 37 min
Quickie: Pop Quiz - Harry Potter House Heather stresses Patti out by quizzing her Harry Potter house loyalty. It’s SPRING BREAK! The MEs share their plans and tips for going on the road and traveling with three kids. This podcast is sponsored by Anchor…
Quickie: Review - Shazam
Apr 12 • 16 min
Mother Effer Heather and guest ME Father, Bobby, discuss the new movie Shazam with talking points for parents of kids in foster care. Shazam (2019) synopsis: We all have a superhero inside of us — it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In…
Quickie: Small Talk - What We Miss
Apr 10 • 2 min
The MEs chat about the things they miss from the before motherhood era.
Episode 26 - You Better WERK
Apr 8 • 46 min
Quickie: Call In - Tina We get a call from one of our Mother Effin’ Listeners! Hear what Tina has to say about this podcast. Patti has gone back to work (for now - she claims) and discusses with Heather the pros and cons of working. Along with trying to…
Quickie: Update - St. Patrick’s Day
Apr 5 • 6 min
The ME’s give you an update on how they spent their St. Patrick’s Day.
Quickie: Rant - Sick Kids
Apr 3 • 6 min
The MEs discuss sick kids and what they love/hate about it.
Episode 25 - April Foolishness
Apr 1 • 60 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Happy April Fools Day! Patti and Heather talk about their favorite pranks. The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers” and the MEs discuss their favorite gardening tips and what crops they are planning to try and grow this…
Quickie: Pop Quiz - 3 Questions
Mar 29 • 2 min
Patti surprises Heather with a pop quiz of three very random questions.
Quickie: Rant - Pooping Alone
Mar 27 • 3 min
All the MEs want is to poop alone. Just once.
Episode 24 - Let’s Talk About Sex
Mar 25 • 48 min
Quickie: Small Talk - Heather’s On A Diet It’s time to have the talk, and Patti and Heather sure talk a lot about sex. How do you find the time to have sex with kids? How do you explain sex to kids? How do you explain sex to kids with sexual trauma? All…
Quickie: Rant - Manners
Mar 22 • 4 min
Heather’s having issues with table manners.
Quickie: Small Talk - Last Fight
Mar 20 • 6 min
The Mother Effers discuss the last fights they had with their husbands.
Episode 23 - Schoolhouse Stress
Mar 18 • 42 min
Quickie: News Break - Operation Varsity Blues Stressed? Of course, we’re stressed. Patti and Heather discuss the stress of being a foster parent and their new stress of finding the right kind of school for their kids. Homeschool? Public? Private? Charter?…
Quickie: Review - How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Mar 15 • 12 min
Need something to do this weekend with the kids? Take them to the movies! Patti and Heather discuss the recently released Dreamworks animated film, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD. They review the entire DRAGON franchise and talk about what…
Quickie: Worst Day Ever - Holly
Mar 13 • 1 min
Our friend Holly is back on the podcast with her call in for her WORST DAY EVER. Want to tell us your Worst Day Ever? Leave us a message at 818-533-8656 or email us [email protected]
Episode 22 - Be Kind Rewind
Mar 11 • 31 min
Quickie: Update - Valentines Day 2019 with the Mother Effers. This episode the Mother Effers discuss Patti’s first job at a video rental store and Heather talks about the time she tried to rent Titanic. Then it’s on to a discussion of kindness, being…
Quickie: Proud Mama - Tough As Nails
Mar 8 • 1 min
Heather’s daughter Ana stands up to a bully like a boss.
Quickie: Rant - Patti’s Kids Don’t Listen
Mar 6 • 1 min
It’s like talking to three brick walls until the Mean Mommy comes out. Do your kids listen the first time? Second? Ever?
Episode 21 - Interview with Sean Anders, Director and Co-Writer of Instant Family, Part 2
Mar 4 • 51 min
Quickie: Rant - Bella and PE. Heather’s got a problem. Her eldest daughter is failing all her classes, including PE. Next is Part 2, of our interview with Sean Anders, Director and Co-Writer of the film Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose…
Quickie: Worth It - Jaxon Snuggles
Mar 1 • 1 min
Even though we often complain about how difficult our kids can be, sometimes they are worth it. This Quickie: Worth It is from Patti as she discusses a recent sweet moment with Jaxon.
Quickie: Update - Christmas 2018
Feb 27 • 7 min
Time for a Quickie: Update! The Mother Effers fill you in on their Christmas holiday.
Episode 20 - Interview with Sean Anders, Director and Co-Writer of Instant Family, Part 1
Feb 25 • 50 min
First up is a Quickie: Review of 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni (not a sponsored review). Patti is very excited about the changes she has witnessed with her own family from implementing a few of the suggestions. Then it’s Part 1…
Quickie: Worst Day Ever - Mi
Feb 22 • 1 min
Welcome to a new feature called Quickies! These are short bonus clips you can listen to get your Mother Effin’ fix on during the week. Our first Quickie is a Worst Day Ever from Heather’s sister Mi, in North Hollywood, CA. Want to tell us your Worst Day…
Episode 19 - Happy Anniversary!
Feb 18 • 48 min
It’s been a year since the Mother Effers started comedy and met each other. They rehash their memories of their first show and talk about why they think they became such good friends so quickly. Then continuing the “how we met” topic, each of the MEs…
Episode 18 - Self Esteem Demon
Feb 11 • 37 min
The Mother Effers will be performing together March 04, 7:30pm in the Yoo-Hoo Room at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. If you’re in the Los Angeles area make sure to stop by and catch your favorite foster adopt comedic moms in action. It’s a week…
Episode 17 - Say My Name
Feb 4 • 37 min
It’s a discussion about frustrations, tantrums, and name changes. First the ladies dig into what’s frustrating them with standup comedy and the difficulties of balancing their home life with the open mic scene. Then it’s on to a touchy subject - do you…
Episode 16 - 3 Or Less, 5 Or More
Jan 28 • 48 min
Heather has a manager and booked a commercial on her second audition. Listen as she describes the process of auditioning and how well she enjoyed her first commercial shoot. Then the MEs dig deep into their “Go To” lists. From meals, to comedians, to date…
Episode 15 - Cassie Hawkins-Leone Interview, Former Foster Teen
Jan 21 • 51 min
The Mother Effers sit down with Cassie Hawkins-Leone and discuss her experience as an older child in foster care and being adopted at 16. It’s an emotional discussion that digs deep into very raw and honest feelings. How has foster care impacted her? How…
Episode 14 - Equal And Opposite Reaction
Jan 14 • 39 min
This week the Mother Effers discuss various reactions they have had in their lives. First, it’s about their comedy and how it has grown into something more for themselves. Then they discuss the family and friend reactions to their choice to adopt. It’s…
Episode 13 - Running On Empty
Jan 7 • 47 min
Patti and Heather are trying to get back into the swing of things in the New Year. Battling sleep deprivation, lack of privacy, and what’s bugging them they find the humor and discuss where they find material for their jokes. In this episode they also…
Episode 12 - Long Live The Resolution
Dec 31, 2018 • 39 min
Heather and Patti go over their New Year’s Resolutions for comedy, family, themselves, and the Mother Effin’ podcast. The Mother Effers have had an exciting 2018 and look towards an even brighter 2019. Of course, they will be sharing each failure and…
Episode 11 - Christmas Time Is Here
Dec 24, 2018 • 42 min
Patti and Heather discuss emotional comedy, including Hanna Gadsby’s, NANETTE and Neal Brennan’s 3 MICS. No spoilers, but Heather has also watched the first half of the second season of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. Then it’s on to the ups and down of the…
Episode 10 - Holly Gates Interview, Parenting a Child with Autism
Dec 17, 2018 • 39 min
For our 10th episode we have a special guest, Holly Gates! Holly is a good friend of Patti’s who is a mother to three young boys. Her oldest son has autism and the Mother Effers discuss the challenges. Holly has recently begun to perform stand up comedy…
Episode 9 - Dirty Laundry
Dec 10, 2018 • 48 min
The Mother Effers are wrapping up the year with their comedy and recap their time hosting an open mic together. Then it’s onto the dreaded topic of laundry where Patti and Heather break into an epic debate of FOLD or DON’T FOLD your underwear. Please let…
Episode 8 - No Leftovers
Dec 3, 2018 • 41 min
Heather went to the very first Palm Springs International Comedy Festival and it was… interesting. Then Patti and Heather recap their Thanksgiving hijinks which included some unforeseen travel bumps, a holiday with the kids split between parents, a trip…
Episode 7 - Adopting an Older Sibling Set
Nov 26, 2018 • 49 min
Patti discusses the evolution of her Curious George set and then Heather joins in to discuss the pitfalls of watching television and movies with children from foster care and adoption. Then it’s a deep dive into why Heather chose to adopt an older sibling…
Episode 6 - Great Expectations
Nov 24, 2018 • 44 min
Patti and Heather discuss the unexpected benefits, life changes, and life lessons that came from doing comedy. Then they deep dive into met and missed expectations of adoption, parenting, and the inevitable expectations they’ve created for their kids.…
Episode 5 - Instant Family Review
Nov 17, 2018 • 52 min
SPOILERS! Patti and Heather saw the new movie INSTANT FAMILY (starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) and give their honest take on how the film deals with foster care and adoption. Also, they recap Patti’s stand up comedy show Fostering Funny and talk…
Episode 4 - Forged Notes and Lost Phones
Nov 10, 2018 • 35 min
Patti and Heather discuss their first comedic influences (Bill Cosby and Lucille Ball respectively). Then it’s a recap of Halloween and how they manage their kids needs while keeping the spirit of the holiday alive. Then Heather talks about her kids ups…
Episode 3 - FASD, Special Needs Adoption
Nov 3, 2018 • 52 min
First up, Heather had a show and the Mother Effers talk about the challenges of performing to a lukewarm audience. Then it’s an emotional discussion with Patti about FASD and adopting a special needs child. It’s an emotional episode and the Crouch Cry…
Episode 2 - This Is Halloween
Oct 28, 2018 • 41 min
Patti and Heather discuss the fun and glum of their long form improv classes, Halloween traditions, being a sick mom, and things you never knew about private adoption. This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
Episode 1 - Meet the Mother Effers
Oct 20, 2018 • 59 min
Patti Crouch and Heather Dragulescu talk about why we got into comedy, how we met, and why we decided to adopt. This podcast is sponsored by Anchor