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#IMOMSOHARD Talks Parenting, Wine & Their Summer Comedy Tour

May 15, 2017 03:14PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are a comedy powerhouse duo that have taken the hilarity of motherhood into their own hands. Well, when there isn't wine in them, of course! 

For a combined 40+ years both women have been writers, teachers, and comedians always appreciative of a good laugh. For about a quarter of that time they've been mothers, which has given their comedy a direction and a hilarious purpose. 

About a year ago, Kristen and Jen decided to start creating videos to highlight the craziness, stretch marks, spit up, and all of the difficult -- and hilarious -- things that comes with being a parent. And thus #IMOMSOHARD was born. How they describe what they do, "Two moms. (Not married.) (Actually, married. Just not to each other.) Four kids. Two husbands. 3 dogs. Minimally, 2 glasses of wine. Lots of laughs."

Since then, their popularity has grown immensely within the social media world and they plan to embark on a comedy tour all around the United States. 

As part of their tour they will be passing through Fresno and we wanted to know a little bit more about Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley of #IMOMSOHARD. We reached out with a few questions and they were kind enough to get back to us. 

Tell us a little bit about yourselves. How did the duo get started?

J:  If you want to go way, way back, we started off as strong-willed children that probably annoyed our own mothers. But we met in our 20's in California, not in Nebraska where we should have, logically.

We got married, had kids, starting making similar mistakes all around the same time.

Has comedy always been a big part of your lives?

J:  Yes. We both come from funny people who used humor to cope and passed along the tradition. I think it's really the only good gene my people carry.

K:  My dad is the world's best story teller.  He taught me that telling a good joke can take you pretty far in life.  My mom is really funny too except you tell her a joke on a Monday and she gets it by Thursday.  


What was it like getting so much recognition for your videos and work? Was it expected?

J:  Shocking, and also validating. Not for us as much as it is validation for ALL the moms. Generally, we're too dang busy to take time out to complain about how hard it is. Well, we make time for it and record it. We are all in the trenches and don't often get the chance to commiserate (too busy sewing dance costumes).

K:  The only prediction I had when we started this is that I knew whatever Jen and I did together we would commit completely and we would do the best version of it we could.  Jen has an incredible work ethic and I'd like to think I do okay as well.  We're midwest so working hard is in our blood.  


What's been your most memorable moment so far? How about outrageous?

J:  Our first live show. You can see the numbers on the Facebook page, but seeing people's faces is a whole different animal. We both cried, peed, laughed, swore, all at once as soon as we saw the audience from backstage.

K:  I'm with Jen.  When we drove by the theater in Lincoln and saw a line down the block we couldn't believe it.  We kept asking "Are they here for US?".  And honestly, every time we step on stage we feel the same wonder and it's incredible.  


How has it been planning for the tour? Are you excited?


J:  More of the same. It's all been wonderful. And that they start making days 26 hours long so I can catch up on laundry.

K:  It's like the biggest puzzle you've ever put together.  And nothing is decided quickly.  As a mom, you constantly try to plan for the unexpected.  Everything about the tour is unexpected.  We have such an incredible group of people helping us, we have Dashiel and Delilah's Aunt Lexi joining us to help babysit and Eleanor and Finn's God Mother Renee so that makes it feel so fun and takes the pressure off of Jen and I in some regards.  Don't get me wrong.  We're still going to be putting kids in timeout right before we step on stage.  


Do you have ant tips for parents looking to find their own humor in parenthood?

We have a hard and fast rule about advice, tips, and tutorials.  We don't do them.  Our motto, if this helps, is that if the kids are loved, fed, and happy (sometimes) everybody is doing great.  


Anything else we should know about?

We have had such incredible support in so many areas of this adventure that it's almost too much to wrap our brains around.  First and foremost, our husbands, Brit and Colin, have literally dropped what their doing in their own lives to support us in every way.  Brit directsour episodes and Colin directs our live show and also acts as our producer.  Even our kids get that what we're doing is pretty awesome and will ask us "Are you doing #IMOMSOHARD today?"  We've had grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, and endless friends helpout at one point or another.  That's pretty special.  

And lastly, our "Moms" on the Facebook page (which by the way is not exclusively Moms, we love our single gal, fur mommy, single dude contingent) and they have literally given us the confidence to push ourselves in a way we didn't know we could.  Every move we make we is with them in mind.  

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