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‘How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane’

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Comedian, TV writer, and Author Johanna Stein joined us live to share her wisdom and comedy on ‘what mom’s really want for mother’s day from their kids.’

Johanna Stein (writer/comedian/forward/slash/abuser and occasionally neurotic/immature/way-too-candid mom) says parenting is an extreme sport. When one of her shockingly funny and bizarrely disgusting essays about motherhood was published in the New York Times, Stein’s singularly hilarious and candid story-telling style quickly inked her a deal with Perseus Books Group. The result, “How Not To Calm A Child On A Plane And Other Lessons From A Highly Questionable Source” is a series of witty essays and short stories, spanning 243 pages, out in stores on April 29th, 2014 – just in time for Mother’s Day! Stein’s humor is infused with the tone of a mother who isn’t afraid to tell it exactly like it is, but who, at the root of all the overshares, fart jokes and hysterical footnotes, loves her life as a parent. While her stories may not always be shared experiences, they will always make you laugh.

In her jobs as writer, producer, director, and actor, Johanna Stein’s work has appeared on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, PBS, HBO, The Oxygen Network, Showcase, VH-1,, The Disney Channel, and all across the World Wide Internets, where her comedy shorts, PSAs and Yahoo! web series “Life of Mom” have been viewed millions of times. In addition to her TV and film work, Johanna’s comedic essays on parenthood have been published in such outlets as Parents Magazine, The New York Times, and the Huffington Post. She lives with her family in Southern California.

This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 5, 2014.