It's probably a truth universally acknowledged that a group of
college roommates likely will grow up to be parents themselves.
What's less expected is when that group starts an online comedy
show about the adventures in parenting.
Enter Matt Rocco, Todd Jay and D.M. Engel, three theater
majors who've added child-rearing to their repertoire.
Matt Rocco and Todd Jay-their on-air pseudonyms-work from
the Chicagoland area. Rocco lives in the Edgewater neighborhood,
Jay in the western suburbs.
D.M. Engel-which is his real name-moved to Syracuse, N.Y.,
The idea of exchanging tales of parenting woes and
hardships and the occasional bad advice began sometime late last
year, Rocco says.
It was mostly to "keep us in touch and keep us sane, quite
frankly," the 37-year-old father of a 9-month-old girl says. "It
can be kind of lonely being a dad."
"Everybody loves their kid," Rocco reasons. "And everybody
wants to look like they love their kid."
That might sound obvious, but it's an instinct, Rocco
says, that makes parents gloss over the really tough, boring and
less-than-sexy parts of the whole married-with-children
On air-the three record two 45-minute episodes and one
shorter "bonus" episode every week and make them available for free
through iTunes on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday-these guys pull no
Expect plenty of talk about poop, sex, loose teeth, potty
training and "manscaping."
Rocco and Jay say their audience is growing. Rocco hopes
it'll grow to at least 10,000 monthly listeners soon.
For now, the focus is on more immediate concerns, like how
sparingly a parent should use the tooth fairy when trying to coax a
finicky 6-year-old to push out a loose tooth or how to explain to a
9-year-old what a root canal and crown are (hint: don't say the
fake tooth is porcelain like a toilet).
With more than 30 episodes so far, there's really no
telling what the show's shelf life is.
"Technically, it can go on as long as we're
parents," Todd says. "The problems don't get any
You can check it out for yourself at whitedadproblems.com.
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