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Pump and Dump rule number one: No stinkin’ kids. “We talk a lot about children, but they are not welcome,” says comedian Shayna Ferm of the monthly mom-comedy night out at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. “We drink. We swear. We are pretty inappropriate.” And that’s all any mommy desperate for a night away from her screaming, messy, booboo-infested adorable child needs to hear. “Moms come up to us afterward and thank us, saying that this is the first time they’ve been out postpartum, and there will be these groups of moms who get together at our shows,” Ferm said in a Westword interview last year. “We’re all in this together, which is important to realize because motherhood can make you feel so isolated, so alone. It’s nice to have someone who can relate and come together by laughing at something fucked up. That’s not to say that we offer therapy. If anything, it’s more like commiseration.”

Sweet salvation, then, is a night at Ferm’s The Pump and Dump: A Parentally Incorrect Comedy Show and Night Out, for Once, an evening of liberty-taking that goes far beyond the usual standup.

During the course of one show, Ferm and her cohort, MC Doula, lead such participatory sequences as “Stump the Gyno” and “Most ‘F’ed-Up Thing My Kid Did this Week,” sing songs like “When I Die, I Want to Come Back as a Dad,” and encourage ragged mommies to partake of Emergency C-Section shots in between laughs.

Pump and Dump begins at 7:30 p.m. at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street, tonight and every last Wednesday; admission is $10. For information and reservations in advance, go to lannies.com or call 303-293-0075.
Last Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 29. Continues through April 30, 2014

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