Mommy Tonk to the rescue! Last January at MomFair LIVE! there was a technical glitch that delayed our keynote speaker’s presentation. While we were trying to get it resolved Shannon Noel and Stacie Burrows, the ladies who are Mommy Tonk hopped up on stage and strummed their guitar and lit into a couple of tunes that had everyone one laughing and nodding their heads in agreement, “we’ve all been there.” That’s just how Mommy Tonk is. Full of heart. We first saw them perform at Expressing Motherhood where they are regulars on the show. They will be performing this Sunday, April 23rd in Santa Monica if you want to experience their musical comedy yourself!
Tell us a little about Mommy Tonk?
Mommy Tonk is an irreverent, saucy musical comedy duo. We’re 2 moms, 1 guitar, cursing in perfect harmony. Mommy Tonk has performed in LA, Austin, Chicago, Louisville, and Nashville including: The Comedy Store, Flapper’s Comedy Club, Throckmorton Theatre, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, The House of Blues, Zanies, The Boston Comedy Festival and they are frequent performers in the national show Expressing Motherhood, which is where they met originally.
What made you want to start Mommy Tonk?
Motherhood is stressful. We had to start Mommy Tonk so we didn’t drive ourselves off a bridge. It’s our therapy and it’s fun. Plus we both used to sing for the church choirs so it seemed obvious. Except we can’t really sing any of our songs in church. Oh well.
What is it about LA that benefits your music / comedy most?
LA is a great town for us to work, play & study. We have the great privilege of being in a town where our favorite performers do shows and we can catch them live. We are also benefiting from being in a town of “makers.” We’re lucky to have friends who are musicians, writers, singers, performers. They inspire us and they support our little habit of doing live shows.
Tell us about your career background.
Stacie and Shannon each have 20+ years of comedy experience: stand-up, musical theatre, improv and sketch comedy. Stacie performed all over the NY stand-up scene before moving to LA and studying at the Groundlings. Shannon toured the country with a children’s theater production based out of Montana before moving to LA and studying Meisner and then comedy at both Second City, LA and IO West.
Tell us a little about yourself. Are you an LA native? Where did you grow up? How did you end up in LA?
Stacie grew up in a religious cult in Texas, spent a few years in NYC and landed in LA looking for sunny skies and opportunity. Shannon grew up in Kentucky, traveled around the country doing summer stock and national children’s theater tours. After wrapping one tour in Arizona she hopped on a Greyhound bus to visit her best friend from high school who had moved to in Santa Barbara. She took one look at the ocean and never looked back.
What will you be performing at Expressing Motherhood? Is it funny? Sad?
We like to bring a light-hearted piece to Expressing Motherhood. We are constantly writing new songs and bits because our kids and husbands are always giving us great material from which to work! You’ll have to come see the show to see what new situations we’ve gotten ourselves into! This show means the world to us. We met each other performing individual pieces on the ExMo stage 8 years ago. We are both happily married to our husbands but that day on stage we found our comedy soul mate and we’ve been attached at the hip ever since.
What is you go to weekend activity with the kids? Would you consider it “Best of LA?
STACIE: I love taking the kids on a hike to Solstice Canyon in Malibu. It’s not terribly difficult and there are ruins from an old house that burned down and a waterfall to discover.
SHANNON: We love taking our kids to Descanso Gardens. We have been members since our boys were babies and we still consider it the best membership in LA. Our kids now think of it as their back yard and know every inch of their way around it, so they can wander off solo which makes for a wonderful family outing – some together time with the kids and some solo adventuring for everyone as well. On Tuesday and Thursday nights in the summer you can take a picnic and alcohol into the middle grounds and listen to music. Absolutely gorgeous and so relaxing. There are amazing hikes around the perimeter as well. *Definitely a BEST OF LA!
What is your favorite date night location? Would you consider it “Best of LA?
STACIE: I love The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in DTLA. You can catch a reasonably-priced, eclectic musician or comedian. Having dinner at Badmaash beforehand is a must.
SHANNON: My husband and I love to take our Vespa for a spin any chance we get. It makes parking on date night in LA way easier. We love catching a great band at the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theater. We usually pack a picnic and lots of wine. But if we grab dinner before hand we love the old school Katsu-ya in Studio City and Mexico City in Silverlake! *I would for sure say that Katsu-ya in Studio City is BEST OF LA still!
If you miss them at Expressing Motherhood they will be performing at:
MOMMY TONK and THE ASSLESS CHAPS
The Woman’s Club of Redondo Beach
Flappers Comedy Club Burbank
LAURA NIX GERSON is the CEO of Nix|Gerson Media and the Founder of MomAngeles a site she launched because she was planning a lot of playdates and her friends kept asking her where to go and what to do. So it seemed easier just to put it all online in one place. In a past life Laura was a publicist, event marketer and web producer….oh wait, she still is. Laura has contributed to Modern Mom, CBS Local and Babble. Her greatest joy is story telling, sharing local finds and connecting people. Follow her @MomAngeles.