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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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
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