We’re two moms, Amy and Margaret, raising six kids ages 4 to 14.
In some ways we are very much alike: we both have three kids that really dislike getting ready for school in the morning. We both married guys named David. We both write and perform comedy when we’re not with our kids, which of course is realistically never.
But in some ways we’re different. Margaret raises her kids in suburbia; Amy does it on the gritty streets of New York City. Margaret is totally cool and laissez-faire; Amy is an overthinker of the highest order.
We each engage with the same parenting issues every mother does, but we often come at them with differing preconceived notions. We’ve found that for each of us, some parenting challenges are more difficult than others– but if we put our heads together, one of us usually has the solution.
Together, we talk about it, laugh about it, call out each other’s BS, and get it done.
Join us as we laugh in the face of motherhood.
FAQ: Why did we name our podcast “What Fresh Hell”?
It is said that 20th-century humorist Dorothy Parker, known for her ferocious wit, would answer her telephone or doorbell by saying “What fresh hell is this?”
Margaret’s mother liked this so much she took it up as her mantra in the 1970s while raising four kids under six.
We decided to call our podcast “What Fresh Hell” as a salute to both of our mothers, true role models in the way they greeted every bake sale, stomach bug, and broken bone of our childhoods with bravery, levelheadness, and most importantly, an always-present, life-saving sense of humor.
Margaret Ables (the zany blonde) is a comic and writer whose work has been featured on MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon, among others. She is a frequent on-air contributor to Steve Harvey and is the creator of the blog Short Fat Dictator. Margaret is a graduate of Barnard College.
Amy Wilson (the bubbly brunette) is the author of When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, The Worrier, The Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be and of Mother Load, a one woman show which toured to sixteen cities after its hit off-Broadway run. As an actor, Amy also co-starred in The Last Night of Ballyhoo on Broadway, appeared as a series regular on two sitcoms, and appeared in many other TV shows, films, and plays. For the last five years she has directed the NYC production of Listen To Your Mother, a national series of live readings in honor of Mother’s Day. She has written for magazines like Redbook and Parenting, and news sites like CNN, NPR, and The New York Times.