” So we started talking about how if there’s one story I’d want to tell, it’s about a mental breakdown.
That is an experience I had and I’d be totally into telling that story. My new premise is that show business is kind of like a friend with a drinking problem: She’s so fun and exciting and charismatic, but she may be in a blackout and you may not hear from her for months.
She has released four albums, sold out shows cross-country, and become the only female comic with two On a Wednesday November night, Bamford took the stage before a sell-out crowd at the Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District.
Bamford is a native of Duluth – a small city two hours north on Lake Superior – and the cozy underground theater was packed with fans and friends.
Despite the hometown warmth, Bamford mumbled into the mic that it was OK if we didn’t like her comedy.
If we wanted to leave, we should feel free to go – she understood.
She worked with Mitch Hurwitz (whom she first worked with on Arrested Development’s season four) to create Lady Dynamite, a semiautobiographical comedy, which premieres on Netflix today, May 20.
Are you swiping your way through all of the dating apps your phone can handle but still haven’t found someone you’d want to be in a loving, monogamous relationship with for the rest of your life?
Allow Lady Dynamite’s Maria Bamford, who met her husband on OKCupid, to share her secrets.
I thought I was just looking for a giggle, but by the time Louis C. travels to Afghanistan and a duckling wobbles out into a gun-lined gulf between nations, eliciting laughter, I realized that this show wasn’t just loosening the pain in my chest, it was opening a hole there and filling me with the kind of globalized compassion that allows Buddhist monks to grow new neurological pathways.
The narcissism of my mid-life shenanigans made this feat—to feel empathy? When, two years later, I still found myself “in the process of helping my mother move,” it was Maria Bamford who distracted me from obsessing about nuclear attacks and earthquakes in the middle of the night. The premise of —“After being sighted by a homeless Comedy Central fan in Detroit, where she was selling clock radios on the sidewalk, she retreated to her parents’ home in Minnesota”—was my story, too, albeit with a bit of a twist: In her 2012 Netflix show, a performance recorded in her home, for an audience of only her parents, Maria describes her online dating profile as follows: “I can wear the same outfit for five days or I can crouch down in the shower and make myself real small.” This list of skills was uncannily similar to my own range of abilities at that time.