Today's guest, Johanna Stein, is a writer, producer, director, and actor. Johanna's work has appeared on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, PBS, CBS, HBO, The Oxygen Network, 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 The New York Times, Parents Magazine, and The Huffington Post. She lives with her family in Southern California.
Johanna came to Chicago all the way from LA just for our interview! (Or maybe we just grabbed her when she was in town to promote her brand new book, How Not To Calm A Child On A Plane.)
We chatted about being insulted by her preschooler, selling a copy of her book to Steve Martin, and how working on animated children's shows made her a better writer.
In Johanna's words:
"It's basically storyboarding with words. I think as a writ