The Mother Effin' Podcast

70 EpisodesProduced by Heather Patti

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 t… read more

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Quickie: Small Talk - Is Your Fridge Running

June 19th, 2019


Patti grills Heather on what's in her fridge and then is appalled by Heather's favorite cereal selection. 

Episode 36 - Summer Lovin'

June 18th, 2019


Quickie: Small Talk - Fundraisers

Summer is here! Which means the MEs are running a touch behind each week. Thank you for your patience with us as we edit and upload our episodes. This week Patti and Heather talk about …

Quickie: Cut For Time - Marissa Interview, Spilling Tea

June 16th, 2019


Marissa spills the tea on some of the families she's had to interview.

Quickie: Review - Total Forking Shirt Show

June 12th, 2019


Patti and Heather went to see improv... willingly! Cast members of THE GOOD PLACE performed a charity improv show called the TOTAL FORKING SHIRT SHOW. The event easily became one of Patti's "Top 5 L.A." moments. 

Quickie: Worst Mom Of The Week - Heather, Bella's Emails

June 8th, 2019


Heather wins the Worst Mom Of The Week! Bella was caught with a secret email account. 

Quickie: Rant - Tantrums

June 5th, 2019


Patti and Heather do a deep dive into what defines a tantrum and when to let your kids run away. 

Episode 34 - Speed of Life

June 3rd, 2019


Quickie: Mini-Interview - Jaxon Crouch
The school year has ended and the Mother Effers are catching up on where they're at with comedy and family. …

Quickie: Cut For Time - Cory Ringdahl Interview, Snippets

May 31st, 2019


This Quickie is filled with various interview snippets with Cory Ringdahl we had to cut for time, including his response to Fold/Unfold. 

Quickie: Small Talk - Man Types

May 29th, 2019


The Mother Offers discuss their ideal man and their dream guys. 

Episode 33 - Interview with Cory Ringdahl, Birth Father, Part 2

May 27th, 2019


Quickie: Class Clowns - Mic Stand Etiquette 

This week is the second part of a two part interview with Cory Ringhdal. In the second part of Cory's story, he finds out he's a birth father and signs over his parental …

Quickie: Small Talk - Accentuate The Positive

May 24th, 2019


The MEs say something positive about their kids but the discussion ends up backfiring when they begin to discuss their husbands. 

Quickie: Pop Quiz - 3 Questions Again

May 22nd, 2019


Patti has some new random questions for Heather and Heather grills Patti about Harry Potter.

Episode 32 - Interview with Cory Ringdahl, Adoptee, Part 1

May 20th, 2019


Quickie: Class Clowns - Mic Etiquette 

This week is the first part of a two part interview with Cory Ringhdal. Adopted as an infant Cory discusses …

Quickie: Cut For Time - Nikki Interview, Fold/Unfold

May 17th, 2019


Of course the ME's asked Nikki their favorite question! Find out Nikki's answer and hear what Heather has to say about kids doing their own laundry. 

Quickie: Rant - Naps

May 15th, 2019


Patti is having a tough time with Jaxon and his nap time! Heather is unhelpful in her suggestions. 

Episode 31 - Interview with Nikki, Former Foster Child (Aged Out)/Adoptive Mother

May 13th, 2019


Quickie: Worst Day Ever - Alex 
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This week we have a Nikki from California on to talk about her journey through the …

Quickie: Difference of Opinions - Homework

May 10th, 2019


The MEs have a discussion about the pros and cons of homework. 

Quickie: Rant - Patti Hates Phones

May 8th, 2019


Patti has a bone to pick with Heather about phone usage. 

Episode 30 - Vacation From My Vacation

May 6th, 2019


Quickie: Small Talk - Small Bladders
The MEs have returned from spring break with varying levels of success! Heather had a busy trip in Tennessee visiting many interesting places in Nashville and Memphis like the …

Quickie: Class Clowns - Taking Care Of Business

May 3rd, 2019


The MEs discuss the business of being a comedian. 

Quickie: Review - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

May 1st, 2019


The ME's are timely with this review! It's not part of the Disney Marvel Cinematic Universe, but both mothers agree it's a great film. 

Episode 29 - Interview with Jacinda, Foster/Adopt Mother

April 29th, 2019


Quickie: Rant - Kids Books
In this episode, the ME's speak with Jacinda from Northern California. It's a GAME OF FOSTER/ADOPT THRONES as her story is filled with dramatics, twists, turns, and surprise endings. You will …

Quickie: Cut For Time - Disneyland Worst Guests

April 26th, 2019


This segment was cut for time from Episode 28 - We're Going To Disneyland. The MEs talk about terrible guests they've seen at Disneyland. 

Quickie: Small Talk - Bedtime Routines

April 24th, 2019


Heather has a complex bedtime routine that changes day by day and has Patti fascinated. 

Episode 28 - We're Going To Disneyland

April 22nd, 2019


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 …

Quickie: Small Talk - Llama Mama

April 19th, 2019


Patti has made a self discovery about what kind of Mama she is. 

Quickie: Rant - Power Struggles

April 17th, 2019


The MEs discuss power struggles with their kids. 

Episode 27 - Breaking Out For Spring

April 15th, 2019


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. 

Quickie: Review - Shazam

April 12th, 2019


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 …

Quickie: Small Talk - What We Miss

April 10th, 2019


The MEs chat about the things they miss from the before motherhood era. 

Episode 26 - You Better WERK

April 8th, 2019


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 …

Quickie: Update - St. Patrick's Day

April 5th, 2019


The ME's give you an update on how they spent their St. Patrick's Day. 

Quickie: Rant - Sick Kids

April 3rd, 2019


The MEs discuss sick kids and what they love/hate about it.  

Episode 25 - April Foolishness

April 1st, 2019


Quickie: Small Talk - Happy April Fools Day! Patti and Heather talk about their favorite pranks.
The saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers" …

Quickie: Pop Quiz - 3 Questions

March 29th, 2019


Patti surprises Heather with a pop quiz of three very random questions. 

Quickie: Rant - Pooping Alone

March 27th, 2019


All the MEs want is to poop alone. Just once. 

Episode 24 - Let's Talk About Sex

March 25th, 2019


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 …

Quickie: Rant - Manners

March 22nd, 2019


Heather's having issues with table manners.

Quickie: Small Talk - Last Fight

March 20th, 2019


The Mother Effers discuss the last fights they had with their husbands. 

Episode 23 - Schoolhouse Stress

March 18th, 2019


Quickie: News Break - Operation Varsity Blues
Stressed? Of course, we're stressed. Patti and Heather discuss the stress of being a foster parent and …

Quickie: Review - How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

March 15th, 2019


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 …

Quickie: Worst Day Ever - Holly

March 13th, 2019


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 …

Episode 22 - Be Kind Rewind

March 11th, 2019


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 …

Quickie: Proud Mama - Tough As Nails

March 8th, 2019


Heather's daughter Ana stands up to a bully like a boss. 

Quickie: Rant - Patti's Kids Don't Listen

March 6th, 2019


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

March 4th, 2019


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 …

Quickie: Worth It - Jaxon Snuggles

March 1st, 2019


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 …

Quickie: Update - Christmas 2018

February 27th, 2019


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

February 25th, 2019


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 …

Quickie: Worst Day Ever - Mi

February 23rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 19 - Happy Anniversary!

February 18th, 2019


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 …

Episode 18 - Self Esteem Demon

February 11th, 2019


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 …

Episode 17 - Say My Name

February 4th, 2019


It's a discussion about frustrations, tantrums, and name changes. First the ladies dig into what's frustrating them with standup comedy and the …

Episode 16 - 3 Or Less, 5 Or More

January 28th, 2019


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" …

Episode 15 - Cassie Hawkins-Leone Interview, Former Foster Teen

January 21st, 2019


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 …

Episode 14 - Equal And Opposite Reaction

January 14th, 2019


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 …

Episode 13 - Running On Empty

January 7th, 2019


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 …

Episode 12 - Long Live The Resolution

December 31st, 2018


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 …

Episode 11 - Christmas Time Is Here

December 24th, 2018


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 …

Episode 10 - Holly Gates Interview, Parenting a Child with Autism

December 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 9 - Dirty Laundry

December 10th, 2018


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 …

Episode 8 - No Leftovers

December 3rd, 2018


Heather went to the very first Palm Springs International Comedy Festival and it was... interesting. Then Patti and Heather recap their Thanksgiving …

Episode 7 - Adopting an Older Sibling Set

November 26th, 2018


Patti discusses the evolution of her Curious George set and then Heather joins in to discuss the pitfalls of watching television and movies with …

Episode 6 - Great Expectations

November 24th, 2018


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 …

Episode 5 - Instant Family Review

November 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 4 - Forged Notes and Lost Phones

November 10th, 2018


Patti and Heather discuss their first comedic influences (Bill Cosby and Lucille Ball respectively). Then it’s a recap of Halloween and how they …

Episode 3 - FASD, Special Needs Adoption

November 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 2 - This Is Halloween

October 28th, 2018


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.

Episode 1 - Meet the Mother Effers

October 20th, 2018


Patti Crouch and Heather Dragulescu talk about why we got into comedy, how we met, and why we decided to adopt.

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