“Hilarious” – Broadway Baby
“Gregarious and likeably straight-talking” – The Telegraph
“Worryingly competent” – Radio 4’s Jane Garvey
Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson met on the stand-up circuit. They bonded after discovering their sons were born 11 days apart, with the help of the same midwife.
Together they host The Scummy Mummies Podcast, which launched in July 2013. It was an instant hit, going straight to number one on the iTunes Kids & Family chart, and entering the main chart at number 29. Since then the show has been featured by The Telegraph, and recommended by Woman’s Hour as one of the best podcasts of 2016. It has listeners in over a hundred countries and racks up around 25,000 downloads per month.
The Scummy Mummies also perform a live comedy show that celebrates the scummier side of parenting with sketches, songs, and top quality boob jokes. They have performed all around the country and are favourites with mums’ groups, school PTAs, and festivals, including a regular spot at Camp Bestival.
They produce a hit blog, and have written for Glamour and Kin. They have hosted events for English Heritage, Penguin Books, and Croydon Council. TV and radio appearances include Sky News, BBC World Service, and BBC London. They were also regular panelists on Not the One Show.
The Scummy Mummies are currently writing their first book, due for publication in time for Mothers’ Day 2017.
As well as doing comedy, Ellie Gibson is an award-winning video games journalist. She has worked in the industry for 15 years, including nearly a decade at Eurogamer, the UK’s leading independent games website. She hosted BBC Technology series Tech Know for two years, and presented Radio 4 documentary Virtually Famous.
She was a talking head on Video Game Nation and Charlie Brooker’s How Video Games Changed the World. This autumn, she is appearing as the games expert in new Dave show Dara O’Briain’s Go 8-Bit.
Ellie writes a monthly column for Eurogamer and is a regular contributor to Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition. She has also written for The Guardian and Vice. Her other TV and radio appearances include BBC Breakfast, Sky News, CNN, and Radio 5 Live.
Originally from Melbourne, Helen Thorn began performing comedy in 2003. The following year she reached the national final of RAW Comedy, Australia’s most prestigious open mic competition. She also made it to the final of 2Day FM’s Australian Comedy God competition, and was selected to perform in The Comedy Zone, a showcase for the country’s best new talent.
Helen performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2005 and returned the following year with a one-woman show, Arty Farty. She was a regular panelist on Vulture, ABC’s popular arts and culture show.
Helen also has a background in the arts, having organised and hosted events for the National Gallery of Victoria, the Venice Biennale, the Courtauld Institute, and the Arts Council. She has extensive presenting, writing, and broadcasting experience in the field.
Helen took a break to have children when she moved to the UK, returning to comedy in 2013. She continues to do solo spots alongside top headliners as well as performing in Scummy Mummies.