A Stand Up Mother

Common Sense Media says

Reality docu offers laughs, positive messages about family.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights the importance of family, relationships, and the need to find humor in any situation.

Positive role models

Pescatelli is a professional career woman, as well as a committed wife and mother.


Extended family members can be loud and argumentative, but these exchanges are also humorous.


Some of the comedy sets performed by Pescatelli contain some sexual innuendo that will most likely go over the heads of younger viewers.


Words like “hell” and “damn” are audible. Stronger words are bleeped.


Excerpts from Pescatelli’s live comedy show are featured. Logos are blurred, but products like Reynolds Wrap foil are still visible. References are made to shows like Jersey Shore.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol (beer, wine, cocktails) are visible at social events, as well as at venues where Pescatelli is performing. References are made to getting drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality show features some stand up comedy sets featuring humor that isn’t really intended for young viewers. Some of the language is a little strong (“damn,” “hell”), and drinking is frequently visible in the background. The show sends very positive messages about the importance of family.

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What's the story?

A STAND UP MOTHER is a reality series that follows Last Comic Standing finalist Tammy Pescatelli as she balances her role as wife, mother, and stand up comedian. After relocating with husband Luca from Hollywood to Pennsylvania to raise their son, she finds herself trying to navigate small town life while trying to keep her career going. Meanwhile, the chaos created by her large Italian family gives her lots of humorous material. Excerpts from her comedy act are also featured throughout each episode.

Is it any good?


The show offers an entertaining chance to see what the everyday life of a stand up comedian is like. It also shows some of the challenges stand up comics face when trying to build their careers while raising a family.

There’s lots of craziness, but in between it all are strong messages about the importance of family. It also serves as a reminder that humor can help cope with any situation.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stand up comedians. What are some of the challenges stand up comedians face when trying to make a living doing what they do? Do you think it is harder for women to be successful stand up comics then men? Why or why not?

  • Do you think Tammy balances her career and family sucessfully? Does it look hard or easy? What kinds of things have been edited out of the show, do you think?

TV details

Cast:Luca Palanca, Tammy Pescatelli
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Adult Written byTheDog January 28, 2011

Good for everyone.

A Stand Up Mother is something "normal" people can really relate to. This attributed to the great success of the TV show "Roseann". When Roseann hit the airwaves, people loved it because they could relate to her, her situation, and her family. Tammy brings that same chemistry to the real people who view TV, those in Middle America, with familes and family values. Keep your "Lady Gagme" and give us someone really worth watching, like Tammy.

What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 9 year old Written bySky72 January 28, 2011

Love it!

We watched this show with our 9 year old son and we were all cracking up! Great show!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 13 year old Written bykellymezz January 28, 2011

?LOVED? it!!!This is what a "reality" tv is about~with lots of laughs along the way!!! TWO THUMBS UP!!! My family and I can't wait for the next episode!!!Way to go WEtv~You've got a HIT!!!

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