#IMOMSOHARD returns to Denver | Westword
Podcast hosts from #IMOMSOHARD Kristen Hensley and Jen Smedley had plenty of chances to meet before they finally did. They both went to school in Lincoln, Nebraska, where they studied the same subjects and had overlapping groups of friends. They both moved to Los Angeles and performed at many of the same theaters. The near-misses all ended one night when Hensley was invited to attend a comedy show.
“I saw this very funny blonde girl on stage dressed in lots of pink. We drank beers in the parking lot after the show and realized we were both from Nebraska, and that was it,” Hensley recalls, “We were talking so loud that dogs were barking all over the neighborhood.”
The relationship didn’t stop there: The next day, Hensley and Smedley met for coffee and discovered that they lived a block from each other and both drove Mini Coopers. They became best friends and over the next few years saw each other meet their husbands and have children. Newfound motherhood inspired Hensley and Smedley to combine their comedy with the web series #IMOMSOHARD five years ago, and it was wildly popular. The series evolved into the podcast, which they launched in 2020.
“We’re comedians and always look at things with an eye for how funny things can be, and that was reinforced when we became mothers,” Hensley says. all the time. But if you have a friend who’s going through the same thing, they help you understand that it’s completely normal, that there’s nothing you’ve been through that someone else hasn’t. previously.
“It has nothing to do with being an actor. It has to do with friendship,” she continues. “But that’s what started the fire.”
The success of the #IMOMSOHARD partnership has a lot to do with the comedy and effortless interaction of the two friends. This led to a Stand-up comedy special on Amazon Primea New York Times best selling booka series of Children’s books, and branding deals with Walmart, Unilever and other Fortune 500 companies. They’ve also had two sold-out national tours and are stopping in Denver on Sunday, January 30 for their latest. The tickets are always availablebut quick sale.
#IMOMSOHARD it all started with a single video on Facebook. “That first video was meant to be just an introduction,” Smedley recalls. “Kristen introduced herself, gave her kids’ names and ages, and I introduced myself and completely forgot my daughter’s name. And like any good friend and true asshole would, Kristen laughed uncontrollably.
“I’ll be honest,” Hensley interjects. “I pissed my pants. It was the universe that immediately turned against me.
“We posted it, and the video just took off from there,” Smedley explains. “It was shared and shared and shared.”
This humble beginning defines the spirit of #IMOMSOHARD performances, regardless of medium, which have sparked an online community of over 2 million parents seeking laughter, a little compassion and a whole lot of commiseration. Their videos covered everything that comes with being a mom but isn’t often talked about, like “hemorrhoids, nipple hair, sex after marriage, mommy bodies, Spanx, wedding dresses and bathing suits.
Social media wasn’t just the platform for Hensley and Smedley – it was also the impetus. “I remember feeling so bad about what people were posting on social media about what motherhood was or should be like,” Smedley said. for a picture. … How the hell does everyone do that?'”
Hensley and Smedley say they’re always happy to get out and see their fans, but coming to Denver is almost like coming home to them. “Since we lived in Nebraska, Denver has been like a hometown show,” says Hensley. “We always went to Denver for family trips. When we do a show in Denver, like half the audience is my cousins. Smedley says she can’t wait to visit Bear Creek Distillerysince it was launched by one of her friends.
But ultimately, their show isn’t about the city they’re performing in. These are moms. “And increasingly, dads too,” adds Smedley. They both agree that the pandemic years have brought more men into their audience.
“Husbands have always loved the show,” says Hensley, “but now they got the chance to experience what mothers have had for a long time because they had to stay home to work.”
“Now we can all experience how universal parenthood is,” says Smedley. “It doesn’t matter how powerful the person sitting in front of you is: if they have children, we all have a story of how they got out of the house late because one of their children didn’t find No matter what personal issues you have, because your child will always demand a snack in the middle of your heart surgery.
“That’s good too,” adds Hensley. “It kind of shows you that life goes on. Children are our common denominator. That’s why we’re doing this show.”