NickMom’s Stefanie Wilder Talks Overcoming Alcoholism and Humor on “Parental Discretion”

Monica Gleberman | Mar 11, 2014

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Stefanie Wilder Taylor is the host of NickMom’s “Parental Discretion,” the author of multiple books, and a host of her own podcast and blog. In an exclusive interview with CableTV, Wilder-Taylor dished on her career, how she manages it all, and humor during filming.

Q: Can you talk to me for a little about your background for someone who might not be aware of your work?

I started as a stand-up comedian in the ’90s. I thought for sure I wanted to be Ellen, before she had a talk show, or Paula Poundstone, but after going on the road once or twice I realized it wasn’t going to work. I got a job writing on a game show on USA network called “The Big Date” and had a “Working Girl” moment where I saw the computer and office and got overwhelmed like, “Is this all for me?” That was it for me. I was hooked on writing.

Q: Why was it so important for you to tell the world your story about being an alcoholic and do it in a comedic way?

I started as a comic and just because I might be dealing with something dark, doesn’t mean I have to lose the funny! I believe that if we can be brutally honest yet deliver our message with humor it’s easy for people to hear and also identify. I stopped drinking; I didn’t have a lobotomy!

Q: You have written many books and been on numerous television shows giving advice. If there is someone at home reading this interview that has been struggling with addition what advice would you give them?

I would tell anyone who is struggling with addiction that you are not alone and there should be no shame in your game. Alcoholism sounds like a scary word but it’s really just an allergy of the body to a substance. We aren’t doing anything wrong. Reach out to someone you know that is sober and let them know you are struggling. There is so much help out there! Also, see the movie “The Anonymous People” because it’s doing so much to normalize substance abuse.

Q: How did you get involved in “Parental Discretion”?

I had a meeting with the senior VP of Nickelodeon who told me about Nick’s plan to do programming for moms at night and I thought it was genius! I partnered up with Hugh Fink who is a comedian I’ve known and respected for years and together we came up with a show that we’d want to watch.

Q: Has there ever been something you did that made you break while filming?

Oh my God yes. When I interviewed Rick Springfield I ran down a list of songs of his asking if I had been the inspiration. It was so ridiculous that it was impossible not to laugh. I suck at hidden camera for exactly that reason! I can’t not laugh! I’m so lucky that we have Andrea Wada Davies doing our hidden camera stuff because she is an expert at saying the funniest stuff without breaking.

Q: You are also an established author. Did you find it hard to sit down, collect your thoughts and write them down in a way that you hoped others would connect with? Can you tell me about your latest book?

It’s so hard to write! Being on a deadline is by far my least favorite part of what I do. The first book I wrote I had to write without experience writing in a long form way. It was trial and error and felt like it took forever. If I can manage to just keep it real, it flows easier. My last book was a book of essays about being in my twenties struggling to make it in Hollywood and all the growing pains that accompany that. But stop crying because it’s funny. I’m working on a new book right now about parenting my school aged kids. It’s a part three to “Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay” and “Naptime is the New Happy Hour.”

Q: You are involved in so many projects. Can you talk to me about “Baby on Bored”? Why make a blog? What is it about?

It’s the blog I started when my first daughter was only a couple months old. I felt I needed an outlet and since I was trying to nurse (unsuccessfully) and figure out how to be a mom … Luckily the blog turned into my first book deal. I blog now just as an added thing to keep people up to date with what I’m doing but I also write more essay type stuff for Babble.com, which is a parenting website. I know, I do too much!

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully exactly where I am now only super super rich with amazing soft, creamy, young looking skin due to all the non-invasive plastic surgery techniques that will have been invented.

Catch Stefanie Wilder Taylor’s show “Parental Discretion” on NickMom, Friday nights at 10 p.m. EST.

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