Don't Tell My Mother!

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Don't Tell My Mother! is a big party during which a show happens. Fans and commiserators pack Fais Do Do with intentions to—as producer and host Nikki Levy puts it—relish in their collective disfunction. There isn't a theme, per se, as much as the entire night is always dedicated to mothers and what's too embarrassing or shameful for them ever to hear. After a cocktail hour, during which a costumed mother character collects brief written confessions from audience members, Levy introduces the show and her collection of performers; the band Abby & the Myth plays during intermission. Levy, a former film producer for Fox, is accustomed to curating talent, and works with storytellers to craft their tale. Two bits of her wisdom: nothing salacious or gratuitously shocking, and the storyteller's mother must appear at some point in the tale. Levy regularly books big names—Kate McKinnon, Fortune Feimster, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Steve Agee—but is most excited about the times she's put fantastic-but-unknown voices in front of adoring crowds. You could say she's the mom of the show.


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