It’s no secret we love Shannon Noel and Stacie Burrows. These beautiful women met while performing in an Expressing Motherhood show a few years back….and it was love at first sight…comedy love.
They remained friends after the show and continued to come back and submit for subsequent shows, gracing our stage several times. Shannon and Stacie have now grown their comedy love into a big fat comedic genius baby.
I sent Shannon and Stacie a list of questions because I wanted to find out a little more about their new project…and also because as a mom of three, I have very little time to actually get out of the house to sit face to face. It’s just so darn hard to coordinate sometimes….
How long have you been married (not to each other ;)) and how many children do you have and ages?
Shannon – I’ve been married to John for like 65 years. Time flies when you’re…
Stacie: Having fun.
Shannon: Right. Having fun. We’ve been ‘having fun’ for 6 years. We have 2 boys: Booker age 4.5 and Riley age 3.5. We don’t like to waste time.
Stacie: I married Desmond 14 years ago.
Shannon: Wow! You guys have been having fun for a long time!
Stacie: Amen sister. And we also have 2 boys: James, age 8 and Charlie, age 5.
Tell me about meeting each other at that first ExMo show…how did you know you’d be friends for freaking ever?
Stacie: Well, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting into when I submitted myself to Expressing Motherhood. I thought, “Yeah, I can do 7 minutes of comedy on your show, ladies.” Then I attended the first rehearsal and sat through the most heart-wrenching stories of motherhood that ever existed. I sat there sobbing through one after another piece and thinking, “What am I doing here? I’m a comedian!” Then Shannon stepped onstage wearing a breast pump and she delivered the most well-written and expertly delivered piece of comedy I’d ever seen.
Stacie: I laughed so hard I think I might have scared the other cast members. I knew in an instant that this was my best friend and this was the beginning of something wonderful.
Shannon: Well when Stacie walked out with her baby monitor in hand and then said “she hoped this thing really had a 3 mile range” I peed my pants. Her piece was irreverent and honest and talked about her love of drinking. It was love at first paragraph. She was cracking me up for a straight 7 minutes! Then during the run of the show she talked a lot backstage and kept getting me in trouble with Jessica.
Stacie: No, no, no. You are the one that can’t be quiet backstage!
Shannon: I knew that I had met my match!
Stacie: We had a Southern connection too. She’s from Kentucky and I’m from Texas, so we bonded about grits, bourbon, and chili. She invited me to her son’s first birthday party.
Shannon: It was kind of stalky of me – but when you are meeting new moms it’s like dating – so you just have to go for it. That party was our first date. I’m so glad you said YES.
Stacie: I think I screamed, “YES” before you actually finished inviting me.
Shannon: You did, you totally did. You came and didn’t think it was weird at all that I had asked you – that’s when I knew we were sealed.
Stacie: Six months later I was asked to provide entertainment for a charity event. They said they wanted an hour & half of comedy. I had 20 solid minutes, but I took the gig anyway. I called Shannon immediately and asked if she would be interested in doing her monologues alongside my stand-up comedy.
Shannon: And then I screamed, “YES” before she finished asking me. I was so excited to be on stage with you again Stace.
Stacie: And in about 3 weeks time, we conceived our show “I’m Not From Here But My Kids Are.”
How exactly has Mommy Tonk evolved from an idea into a reality?
Stacie: When preparing for our first show, Shannon and I thought it would be nice to make a playlist of songs to play before our performance and during intermission. I swear we spent more time picking out those songs than actually rehearsing. We had the exact same taste in good ole’ fashioned country songs by Merle Haggard, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson. And we sat there at her kitchen table harmonizing to song after song.
Shannon: I’ll never forget that day. Booker was not yet 2 and Riley was maybe 6 mos old. I think Riley was attached to my nipple the whole time we were singing and Stacie was working her mommy magic on a screaming Booker. This is how our rehearsals went down for the next few weeks! You really saved me during those early mommy days Stace.
Shannon: Seriously. I don’t know what I would have done without you.
Stacie: Are you crying?
Stacie: OK, well anyway, we did our show and it was well received. We both said our one dream was to add music to the next show. One afternoon I had Shannon & her family over to my house. Our hubbies took the kids to a park and Shannon and I sat in my yard, drank bourbon and collaborated on our first two songs about our dear husbands. The songwriting came so naturally to both of us and we could not stop laughing at our ridiculous lyrics. We really weren’t sure how our husbands would react but, thankfully, their sense of humor is just as sharp as ours, so all was well.
Shannon: I may have had to perform some extra “duties” later that night – but whatever. I’ll do just about anything in the name of comedy with Stacie.
Stacie: We submitted our songs to the spring show of Expressing Motherhood in Hollywood and Lindsay and Jessica, once again, took a risk on our irreverent and punchy songs. We were pleased with the audience’s response.
Shannon – I’m pleased that Stacie doesn’t seem to care that I only know like 3 chords on my guitar. You really only need G-C-and D anyway.
Stacie: It works baby!
What is your ultimate goal with the new project, Mommy Tonk?
Shannon: Well ultimately we wanna make people laugh.
Stacie: Yes, and to share our comedy and music with every mother in the country.
Shannon: We were both in the church choir as kids – so this just feels like the natural next step. I mean there are only a few differences between our songs and “This Little Light of Mine” right? Seriously though, that’s like my favorite children’s church choir song and although I’m pretty sure we aren’t allowed to sing the songs we write in front of stained glass and pulpits, I do think we are shining a big light on…
Stacie: The stuff that drives moms crazy. We sing about the stuff that moms get.
Shannon: Next we’re bringing an egg shaker into the act! We moms have gotta shake whatever eggs we’ve got left!
Stacie: We are going to continue writing songs and recording them in hopes of getting more “gigs.” We’d love to provide entertainment for BlogHer or Mom Summit or any other mom conference.
Shannon: Basically we just want to stay in hotels together and empty out the mini bars.
Stacie: I think every woman has her own version of a “happy place.” My happy place is harmonizing funny songs with Shannon on stage in front of a supportive audience. There is just nothing like it. It is perfection for me.
Shannon: I love you.
Stacie: OK, OK.
Stacie: I know Shan, me too. Maybe you should learn another chord or two?
Shannon: I can do that.
What more can you tell me about this!?!
Stacie: And you’ll still have a good time!
Where should people go to keep up with you ladies?
Stacie: Well…we are working on booking our next installment of “I’m Not From Here But My Kids Are” so for sure LIKE our Face Book page to keep up to date on new shows. Here’s the link: Facebook/I’m-Not-From-Here…
and here on Twitter: @NotFromHereShow and here of course: www.notfromhereshow.com
And here are some links to our other goodies:
Shannon: this is called the LINK section
Stacie: Download our songs here: www.mommytonk.com
*They are not safe for children. Unless you want to scar them for life.
Shannon: Stacie’s blog lives here: www.stacieburrows.com
Stacie: And Shannon’s blog lives here: www.lullabiesformommy.com
Shannon: And here on Twitter: @lullabies4mommy. This is called the BLOG section.