Johanna Stein

Johanna Stein


CNN / Jeanne Moos

“A 4-year-old’s hilarious insults zing mom! Jeanne Moos reports on “Momhead” video that has moms laughing their heads off.”  Read more »

The Globe and Mail

“Writer Johanna Stein gives us a raw and hilarious look at being a mother.” Read more »

The Hollywood Reporter: Will Arnett Options “How Not to Calm a Child” for CBS

“The new shingle is in negotiations to option Johanna Stein’s ‘How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane’ as a potential TV series.” Read more »

New York Times: “Books to Share on Mother’s Day”

“A book that grew from a now-classic Motherlode essay of the same title, this is the rare funny book on becoming and being a mother that doesn’t sound as if you’ve read it before (probably because it is chock-full of things most of us would never, ever say).” Read more »

Library Journal

“While the author might proclaim herself as a “questionable source” when it comes to parenting, her credentials in chuckles are undisputed… Stein has such a delightfully immature sense of humor that the reader feels compelled to continue reading in anticipation of what she might possibly say next. From birthing classes to labor itself, Stein gives a laugh-out-loud presentation sure to be a hit with the no-punches crowd.”   Read more »

KTLA Morning News

“Mother, comedian, and author Johanna Stein joined us live to share her wisdom and comedy on ‘what moms really want from their kids for Mother’s Day.’ “

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FOX5 San Diego

The folks at Fox-5 news in San Diego asked me to come down and give them some summer tips for parents. I think they may be regretting that decision…

Fox5 San Diego

Parents Magazine: “The Funniest Mom We Know”

“If you’re looking for a parenting book to teach you the best, scientifically-proven methods for raising a smart, healthy, self-sufficient human being, Johanna Stein’s new book is probably not for you. But if you’re looking for a down-to-earth voice that lets you know you’re not alone in a world of tough questions and embarrassing moments, (Stein) might become your new best friend….” Read more »

Huffington Post (feature on book trailer)

“Children Say Thank You To Their Moms — Just Not For What You Were Expecting”



“Now, in “How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane: And Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source,” the actress and TV writer has delivered a revealing, funny look at motherhood, sex, breastfeeding, dead dogs — and the vicious lie that is: “Enjoy it. It goes so fast.”  Read more »

Los Angeles Magazine: “Five Questions for… Johanna Stein”

“Last month, the actress, comedian, and writer released a new collection of essays, How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane. Here she talks to us about growing up with a set of “tie-dye-wearing, dope-smoking, anti-establishment hippies,” how parenting has affected her comedy, and an overall lack of shame.” Read more »


“Author Johanna Stein appeared on KCAL9 News on Sunday morning to discuss her book, “How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane and Other Lessons in Parenting From a Highly Questionable Source”. Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 10.44.59 PM

KATU Portland – AM Northwest

“Johanna Stein’s first book: “How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane & Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source” won’t teach you how to deal with nipple blisters or oedipal complexes. But if you want to learn why you should never attempt to play a practical joke in the delivery room, then you’re in the right place…”KATU AM NORTHWEST


“There are so many things wrong with the following essay on plotting revenge with your placenta, but none of them quite drown out the hysterical laughter you’ll experience while reading it.” Read more »


“If the words “hamburger-shaped vagina” give you pause, stop reading now. Seriously. If not, however, perhaps you’ll enjoy hearing the saga of writer Johanna Stein’s placenta-centric revenge-served cold.” Read more »

The Zulkey Interview

“I first met today’s interviewee when we were on a panel together at Chicago’s StoryStudio and I took quite the shine to her. A semi-recent transplant to Chicago from L.A., she is a humor writer, producer, director and actor who has worked with the New York Times, Comedy Central, Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS, The Oxygen Network, Showcase, The Movie Network, UPN, VH-1, Noggin, CTV, The Family Channel and The CBC. If, after reading this interview you think, “I gotta see this lady in person!” lucky for you she’ll be performing at Funny Ha-Ha this Tuesday.” Read more »

Publisher’s Weekly

“Renee Sedliar at Da Capo bought world rights to Johanna Stein’s Mother-Eff’ed: Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source. Doug Abrams at Idea Architects represented Stein, who is a comedian and TV writer. Da Capo said the book is a collection of “way-too-candid” tales of child rearing.” Read more »