Listen To Your Mother

February 7th, 2011

I’m very excited to announce that I’m co-producing/directing the Austin show of Listen To Your Mother to be held on April 30th, 2011. LTYM is a wonderful thing started by my friend Ann Imig last Mother’s Day in Madison, WI and this year, it branches out to Austin, Los Angeles, Spokane and Valparaiso, Indiana.

My co-producer/director is the very lovely, very funny Jennifer who you can find here.(Note: She’s the one without the silky black coat in the picture. Also, she never purrs.) Right now we’re seeking a diverse collection of Austin writers (or aspiring writers) to read their own words about motherhood in the show, and everyone is invited to submit their piece of work. Mothers, people who have mothers, people who’ve seen Big Momma’s House…all are welcome.

If you, or someone you know, has an original humorous, poignant, or soulful essay about the good, the bad, and the no-shower-for-three-days ugly of motherhood, we’d love to see it. Your piece should be roughly 5 minutes or less when read aloud. Send your essays to: Selected readers will then be contacted for auditions to be held at a time and location TBD.

As a personal favor, if you could please pass this info along to everyone you know in Austin (except for the freaks who’ll send us something about motherhood not existing because we’re all just aliens waiting for our ship to come back), I’d very much appreciate it because if Jennifer and I don’t get enough people to read, we’re going to have to entertain a theater full of people with one of following:

– The two of us reading scenes from Mommie Dearest in hilarious Irish accents

– Our musical tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire done on plastic recorder and mouth harp

– Cat tricks where the “cats” will actually be half-destroyed Zhu-Zhu pets and/or small dogs who may or may not have eaten the expired Dexatrim pills in my purse

– My one woman hip-hop revue “Ouch, This Hurts”

– Jennifer’s hot, new radish juice investment opportunity that is TOTALLY not a scam so stop saying that, State of Texas

– Our hastily put together “Ms. Chin Whiskers” beauty pageant for women over 40

– YouTube videos where people get whacked in the nuts with tree limbs

So please, help Austin have a great Listen To Your Mother show and submit your essays! We obviously need them.

Thank you!


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  • 1. Suzy  |  February 7th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I’d like to request a copy of “Ouch, this hurts.”

    Is it available through Amazon? And more importantly, am I in it?

  • 2. WA  |  February 7th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    It was turned down by Amazon, however I will be selling copies out of my trunk after the show.

    And of course you’re in it.

  • 3. Samina  |  February 7th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I’d consider driving to Austin just to hear your Earth Wind & Fire tribute. My husband has 3, count ‘em 3 EW&F CDs – old fart that he is.

  • 4. hokgardner  |  February 7th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I’m ready and willing to help in any way I can short of actually getting up on stage and reading something.

  • 5. WA  |  February 7th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I, um, have the EW&F box set. So you KNOW the tribute would be good.

  • 6. Ivan Toblog  |  February 7th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Is it gonna be anything like $#*! My Dad Says?
    Sorry… couldn’t resist… I know it’ll be better. Somebody should come here and tell people to listen to their mothers.

  • 7. alexandra  |  February 7th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I am going to fly in to Austin and audition (no “Boy are my arms tired” jokes, as tempting as it is.)

    I’m going to fly around and audition at all the Listen To Your Mother Shows. It’s my plan for world domination through LTYM.

    Maybe I’ll just tweet the heck out of it instead.

  • 8. Ann's Rants  |  February 7th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Rethinking entire concept…

  • 9. Jennifer  |  February 7th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    That’s MADAME Chin Whiskers, if you don’t mind.

    If this isn’t incentive for me to find readers . . .

    Also Wendi, just a tip here . . . your hiphip routine wouldn’t hurt so badly if you’d drink 5-8 cups of radish juice a day! Click here to find out how….

    Forwarding this to the world now.

  • 10. Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him  |  February 7th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    How I long to be Texan….

    May I submit my request for Wendi’s Maori crossing guard to do a reading and interpretive dance? I think that would be especially moving.

    I can’t wait till LTYM comes to New England, baby…

  • 11. Jennifer  |  February 7th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    p.s. I totally purr.

  • 12. PeaceLoveGuac  |  February 7th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Wait, I thought you said this was a free-form Celtic dance performance?? I have been practicing! Shit, I guess I will have to write something now.

  • 13. Priscilla-The Wheelchair Mommy  |  February 7th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I don’t have anything even remotely long enough for this. . .

    I’ll have to see if I can write something awesome enough.

  • 14. muffintopmommy  |  February 7th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    So morose I’m out of town, bc I know everyone would be on the edge of their seats listening to LisaSimpson wax poetic about muffin tops and mommy purses!

    Seriously, how fun. Congrats!

  • 15. Diane  |  February 7th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Joan Crawford is my muse and since you made fun of her, I just may sit this one out. Or maybe not. It depends on how competitive I am feeling over the next month – not wanting all the other creative, uber-mothers to outdo me (again).

  • 16. Anna Lefler  |  February 8th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Your show is gonna rock.

    And also, you should totally work in the tree limb/nut-whacking thing. I think the two concepts dovetail quite nicely.

    Cheers and congrats!



  • 17. Peajaye  |  February 8th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Sounds great – like Lilith Fair, but with laughs! Congrats & good luck!

  • 18. Wendy C  |  February 8th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Ooo Oooo! Pick me, pick me! I want to be a contestant in the “Ms. Chin Whiskers” pageant!

  • 19. Becky  |  February 8th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    As a member of the inaugural Madison WI Listen To Your Mother, I say “HERE! HERE!”

    (can you tell this comment was for the sole purpose of bragging about myself? I’m sly huh?)

  • 20. When Pigs Fly  |  February 8th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    This sounds very exciting. Too bad I don’t live in Austin. This is not just for this event. It’s also a lot warmer down there than here.

  • 21. Cyndy  |  February 8th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I would totally come to see YouTube videos where people get whacked in the nuts with tree limbs, if I actually lived near Austin. That stuff is ALWAYS funny! I even laughed at, er I mean WITH my hubby after his vasectomy and he said he was sitting on his man parts because they were so swollen. I mean, that’s funny stuff, right?

  • 22. the mama bird diaries  |  February 8th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Another damn reason I wish i lived in Austin.

  • 23. Tonya  |  February 8th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Man I wish I still lived in Austin!!!!! Both to submit something and to see your hip hop routine!! Although my submission would be a performance piece whereby I don’t shower for a week and I try and potty train my kid on stage.

  • 24. CSY  |  February 8th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Sorry, girlie! If I lived closer to Austin, I’d sign up…BUT if/when you come close to Florida – hit me up!

  • 25. Lucky Lottie Lou  |  February 8th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I am so THERE for the Ms. Chin Whiskers thing! Watch me rock a goatee.

  • 26. mauigirl  |  February 8th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Fabulous!! Let the boys know..Crazy Auntree Sandra is coming to town!!!

  • 27. Trish morrison  |  February 19th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I’m looking forward to it. So much to say, so little time.

  • 28. Lotus / Sarcastic Mom  |  February 25th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Ohhh, I want in! Gotta think and submit. Fun!

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