Dads on Duty

A giggle goddess to beleaguered moms everywhere, Shayna Ferm has watched her unique showcase, The Pump and Dump: A Parentally Incorrect Comedy Show and Night Out for Once get bigger and bigger with each successive outing. “We’ve been really lucky to have so many awesome and loyal Pump and Dump followers, and have really become a monthly pressure gauge for moms,” says Ferm, who puts together the show each month and sings, performs comedy and co-hosts with sidekick MC Doula.

More holistic in its mission than any other comedy show in town, Pump and Dump curates an entire evening of parental catharsis fueled by cocktails and laughs.

While the show is usually dedicated to mothers who deserve a break from the thankless drudgery of raising children, in honor of Father’s Day, Ferm is putting on a show at the Hard Rock Cafe that’s specifically geared toward dads — who are affectionately referred to as “mother-fuckers” in Pump and Dump’s surprisingly dense internal lexicon. “I think those ladies are pretty excited to finally send the daddies to see what the hell they’re talking about,” Ferm continues. And with Grawlix fathers Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy on the bill, they’re not likely to be disappointed. Despite what her song “When I Die, I Want to Come Back as a Dad” might imply, Ferm is sincere in her desire to honor dads for a night, concluding that “parenthood, not just motherhood, is really hard, and we all deserve a night out.”

Doors open at 7:30 for the 9 p.m. show at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street. Tickets are $15 for balcony seats, $20 for general main-floor seats and $30 for VIP passes, which include preferential seating and a pre-show cocktail reception. For tickets and more information, visit
Sat., June 14, 9 p.m., 2014

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