This week our Ladyloves are the two hilarious women behind The Scummy Mummies Podcast, Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson. They met on the stand-up circuit and bonded after discovering their sons were born 11 days apart, with the help of the same midwife. Their podcast has been recommended by The Telegraph and Woman’s Hour, and is regularly number one on the iTunes Kids & Family chart. The Scummy Mummies also perform a live comedy show that celebrates the scummier side of parenting with sketches, songs, and top quality boob jokes.
What made you decide to make a podcast of your shenanigans?
We used to try to “out-scum” each other – tell each other ever-sillier, more disgusting stories of how we’re failing at parenting. This made us laugh a lot, so we thought we’d record it and put it on the internet. Turns out there’s loads of other scummy mummies out there, too!
Who are some memorable guests on the podcast?
We’ve had some brilliant celebrities, like the amazing Kathy Lette, Stacey Solomon, and Glamour editor Jo Elvin. But the most memorable guests for us are the ones who share their real life experiences – we’ve had stay-at-home dads, adoptive mums, women who’ve been through post-natal depression, and many more whose stories have stayed with us.
Do you have any tips for people who are camping with kids this summer?
Load your phone with episodes of The Scummy Mummies Podcast. Then when trying to cope with small children in an enclosed space made of fabric gets too much, you can stick your headphones in and take a bit of a break from it all.
Can we expect to see the catsuits at Camp Bestival with an outer space twist?
We do have new catsuits that we’ll be unveiling for the first time, but we’re keeping it a surprise… Come to our show on the Friday, at 2pm in the Literary Institute, for the big unveiling!
TOP FAVOURITE THINGS TO BRING WHEN CAMPING WITH KIDS
You can’t have too many. Great for cleaning up messes, “festival showers”, wiping runny noses, etc etc.
Alcohol warms you up from the inside out. It makes crap lilos more comfortable, and tinned food tastier.
FOOD THAT KIDS ACTUALLY LIKE
Be realistic about whether you can be bothered to prepare super-healthy three course meals, and be honest with yourself about whether your kids will eat them. Children can survive on Pom Bears and tiny boxes of Frosties for a few days.
Not just for the little ones, but the whole family. Much less hassle than trekking to the portaloo three times a night.
As Ellie has learned through being in a double act with Helen, Australians love camping. They are brilliant at it. This is partly because they are genetically coded to survive in harsh environmental conditions against all the odds, and mainly because they have all the stuff – gazebos, head torches, fold-out dining tables, disposable barbecues, tiny little tents just for keeping beer cool. Ace.
The Scummy Mummies are currently writing their first book, due for publication in time for Mothers’ Day 2017. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter, and listen to their podcast to escape your screaming children.