Johanna Stein

Johanna Stein is a Canadian-American writer, producer, director, and actress best known for Momhead, Wander Over Yonder, Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, and Mulholland Drive.

Johanna Stein
Alma materAmerican Film Institute
University of Winnipeg
OccupationWriter, producer, director, actress, comedian
Years active1991 - present
OrganizationUnperfect Productions
Notable work
Wander Over Yonder
How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane (book)

Early life and influencesEdit

Stein was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she attended St. John's High School and the University of Winnipeg. She then relocated to the United States to attend the American Film Institute. She began her career as a script reader at DreamWorks, as a director's assistant, and in small film roles in Shoot or Be Shot and Mulholland Drive.[1]


Stein is best known for writing, producing, and starring in the 2014 viral comedy video Momhead. It received over 2.7 million views on YouTube[2] and was featured on CNN,[3] The Today Show,[4] The Huffington Post,[5] and The Doctors.[6] The video is based on her book How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane,[7] which The New York Times described as "the rare funny book on becoming and being a mother that doesn't sound as if you've read it before (probably because it is chock-full of things most of us would never, ever say)."[8] The book also received positive reviews from Salon,[9] Jezebel,[10] and Los Angeles Magazine.[11][12]

In 2006, Stein was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Writing in an Animated Television Production for the episode "Old Cold" on Nickelodeon's O'Grady. In 2015, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program for the episode "The Gift 2: The Giftening" on Disney XD's Wander Over Yonder.

In 2011, she was a writer for the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, hosted by Eric Stonestreet. Stonestreet then appeared in Stein's Declare Yourself PSA: Angry Squirrel, a public service announcement that encouraged viewers to register to vote.[13]

In 2013, Unperfect Productions, the all-female production company formed by Suzanne Luna and Johanna Stein, produced the 24-episode series Life of Mom with Johanna Stein for Yahoo!. In 2014, they produced the viral video Momhead. In 2016, they produced the 18-episode series JoJoHead in collaboration with Warner Bros.' Blue Ribbon Content digital studio, which Stein wrote, produced, and starred in.[14] The show features comedic vignettes about the life of an everyday woman and is a prequel to Momhead.[15] Both Momhead and JoJoHead were filmed from a bird's eye view using a GoPro camera on top of Stein's head.[16] Stein likened the lead character JoJo, based on her life, to a female Mr. Bean.[17] JoJoHead was released on CW Seed, The CW's streaming platform, in 2016. It was also promoted through weekly Instagram Stories on the CW Seed's Instagram account.[18] That same year, Unperfect Productions also produced One in a Million, a public service announcement to raise awareness about domestic violence.[19]

In 2017, Stein wrote and directed It's Illogical, a series of public service announcements that highlight the illogicality of sexual assault. The series was produced by 101-North for It's On Us, the organization created by Joe Biden to stop sexual assault. The spots received over 15 million views globally.[20][21][22]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 True Confections Girl TV Movie
1994 The Silence of the Hams Assistant (Mr. Greggio)
1995 Bushwhacked Assistant (Mr. Stern)
1996 Iris and Nathan Iris Short Film
1997 Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (Live) Additional Photographer Video
2000 Radio Free Steve Actress
2001 Porno Outtakes Writer, Producer, Director, Editor, Script Supervisor Video
Mulholland Drive Woman in #12
2002 Shoot or Be Shot Rachel
Le mime Writer, The Mime Short Film
2004 Alanis Morissette: We're with the Band Director, Executive Producer, Writer TV Movie
2006 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Co-Executive Producer
2013 Life of Mom with Johanna Stein Writer (creator), Executive Producer, Herself Video
2014 Momhead Writer, Director, Producer, Herself Video
2016 One in a Million PSA Producer Video / PSA
2017 It's Illogical PSA Writer, Director Video / PSA


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Quick Witz Herself
1997-98 Breaker High Writer (staff writer)
2000 Ripe Tomatoes Writer (creator), Actress
2000-03 Seven Little Monsters Writer
2002 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Herself Episode: 12 March 2002
Comedy Central Canned Ham Austin Girl Wannabe / Host 2 episodes
2004 The 33rd Annual Juno Awards Director (comedy short segments), Writer TV Special
Last Laugh '04 Consultant
2004-05 O'Grady Writer 3 episodes
2005 Toupou Writer (head writer) 25 episodes
Curb Your Enthusiasm Wife #2 Episode: "The Korean Bookie"
2007 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Writer Episode: "Too Many Robots"
American Dragon: Jake Long Writer Episode: "Shaggy Frog"
WordGirl Writer Episode: "Coupon Madness/When Life Gives You Potatoes..."
The Emperor's New School Writer 2 episodes
2009 G-Spot Writer 5 episodes
2013-14 Wander Over Yonder Writer (story), Writer 14 episodes
2014 KCAL 9 News Weekend Report Herself (guest) Episode: May 11, 2014
2016 JoJoHead JoJo, Executive Producer, Writer 18 episodes
2017 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Writer (staff writer), Writer (story by) 22 episodes
2018-19 Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Writer 4 episodes
2019 Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales Writer Episode: "The Frontier Fillies Summer Outdoor Jubilee"
2020 Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy Writer 4 episodes
2020-21 Madagascar: A Little Wild Actress, Writer 28 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 Nickelodeon's O'Grady (Episode: "Old Cold") Annie Award for Best Writing in an Animated Television Production Nominated[23]
2015 Disney XD's Wander Over Yonder (Episode: "The Gift 2: The Gifting" Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program Nominated[24]


  1. ^ "Bio for Johanna Stein | Writer/Director/Producer/Forward/Slash/Abuser | Johanna Stein". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  2. ^ Johanna Stein (2014-09-29), Momhead, retrieved 2017-11-20
  3. ^ Kid's insults to mom go viral - CNN Video, retrieved 2017-11-20
  4. ^ Murray, Elizabeth. "Mom records her 4-year-old's unfiltered (and adorable?) insults". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  5. ^ Bologna, Caroline (2014-09-30). "The Many Ways In Which A 4-Year-Old Might Insult Her Mom In A Single Morning". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  6. ^ "Dealing with a Brutally Honest Toddler". The Doctors. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  7. ^ Stein, Johanna (2014-04-29). How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane: And Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source. Da Capo Press. ISBN 9780738217345.
  8. ^ Dell’Antonia, Kj. "Books to Share on Mother's Day". Motherlode Blog. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  9. ^ "A barf bag got me a book deal: A mom offers up her questionable parenting advice". Salon. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  10. ^ Stein, Sadie. "The Annals Of Placenta Shenanigans: Now With More Pasta?". Jezebel. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  11. ^ "Five Questions for...Johanna Stein - Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  12. ^ "Reviews for Johanna Stein's book, "How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane" | Johanna Stein". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  13. ^ Stein, Johanna (2011-02-25), Declare Yourself: Angry Squirrel, retrieved 2017-11-20
  14. ^ Desk, TV News. "Free Digital-Only Network CW Seed Announces Titles Available for Streaming". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  15. ^ "Unperfect Productions, producers of Jojohead | Johanna Stein". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  16. ^ Spangler, Todd (2016-10-14). "Instagram Stories Is Getting First Scripted Series: Comedy 'JoJo Head' From CW". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  17. ^ "Canada's Mr. Bean is a woman, and she's got a CW series". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  18. ^ Spangler, Todd (2016-10-14). "Instagram Stories Is Getting First Scripted Series: Comedy 'JoJo Head' From CW". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  19. ^ SUZANNE LUNA (2016-10-26), One In A Million PSA, retrieved 2017-11-20
  20. ^ Vagianos, Alanna (2017-09-26). "This Is How Victim-Blaming Logic Would Play Out In Everyday Scenarios". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  21. ^ Aggeler, Madeleine. ""It's On Us" Series Shows Absurd Justifications For Sexual Assault By Framing Them In Ridiculous, Real World Scenarios". Bustle. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  22. ^ "IT'S ON US/BIDEN FOUNDATION". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  23. ^ "Annie Awards". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  24. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 2017-11-20.

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