Fringe Q&A, Scummy Mummies

Join comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA.

Expect stand-up, sketches, songs and some very scummy stories. Guaranteed to make parents laugh and non-parents happy about their life choices.

Based on the hit Scummy Mummies podcast and bestselling book. 

AAA caught up with Ellie and Helen for a chat…

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

Yes – and we can’t wait to be there.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

The Scummy Mummies Show is a celebration of parenting failure. You get stand-up, sketches, songs and some very scummy stories, plus you have the pleasure of seeing two middle-aged women in gold catsuits.

It is guaranteed to make parents laugh and non-parents happy about their life choices. It is a show for anyone who has been in a less-than-perfect family, so that’s everyone.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

So much work! We have sets, costumes, catsuits and ridiculous props! We have been touring this show since February – and have fine-tuned our tit jokes to perfection.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Of course there are going to be nerves, but we have been performing together for 6 years – so it’s great to share the stage with your best mate.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

You get everything in our show – songs, sketches, stand-up and amazing costumes and sets. Plus, it is funny, filthy and incredibly silly.

Most people wet themselves in our show – so I think that is high praise indeed. Come share an incontinent moment with us!

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

We love Alisdair Beckett-King, Arabella Weir, Jess Fostekew.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Sarah Kendall: Paper Planes.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Have very long long lunches in lots of restaurants – the food is incredible in Edinburgh and we have a long list of places to go to – I think I will be packing an additional suitcase of elastic waisted trousers.

Plus, we won’t be with our kids – so we will be enjoying silence and being able to go you the loo alone, so dreamy!

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

An outrageous hour of high quality boob jokes and catsuits.

The Scummy Mummies debut Edinburgh Fringe show is at the Assembly Blue Room daily at 7.50pm from 31 July – 25 August. For tickets go to

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