Andrea Levoff, like many moms, is a multihyphenate superstar. She’s a writer, former Second City performer and mom of two (Anna, 6, and Max, 4). But recently, she racked up another achievement: creator of the mom blog and web series, The Dope A** Mom (Andrealevoff.com), hilarious, tell-it-like-it-is videos of the day-to-day situations moms face.
We caught up with the Lincoln Park resident, who tells us how she got started with the series, and why it makes for some laugh-out-loud comedy.
SPLASH: How did you come up with the idea for the blog and web series?
ANDREA LEVOFF: The idea came to me one night as I was putting [my kids] to sleep. Any parent knows that getting kids to actually go to sleep can be a complete nightmare. It’s the end of the day, you’re tired and you just want to be done. Couple that with high energy, little people who have no interest in going to bed and it’s ripe for misery — which is great comedy.
S: Is this your first foray into comedy?
AL: I have always been into comedy. When I was little, I would watch Saturday Night Live and put on skits for my friends, family and stuffed animals. I would do anything for a laugh! When I moved to Chicago I took classes at Second City and a couple of years ago, I entered the stand-up scene briefly before I realized that doing stand-up and waking up with your kids at 6 a.m. is super insane.
S: Tell us about the set you use for your web series — it’s beautiful!
AL: Thank you! The set is actually [in] our home. I worked with a wonderful designer, Summer Thornton, and we just clicked on so many levels. I wanted it to reflect my personality so we made it bold, colorful and quirky. I actually had it in mind to look like a Wes Anderson movie set. I guess it paid off in the filming of my own videos.
S: How do you come up with the topics for your videos? Are they based primarily on your own experiences?
AL: In the next episodes I cover potty training and how to keep your cool with your kids. It’s for parents but it’s also just for people. I think we can all relate to being in a situation that we have very little control over, which is basically parenting — and life — in a nutshell.
S: What’s the response been like?
AL: I think other moms love it because it’s relatable and it connects us all in our struggle. I’ve gotten so much feedback that what happens in my videos happens in houses all over on any given night. Moms have a tendency to be very hard on themselves. It’s my way of saying, “It’s ok, mom, we are all doing the best we can,” even if the best we can do in the moment is threatening to take away everything they own if they don’t go to sleep. We’ve all been there.