Maria Bamford in 2008.
|Birth name||Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford|
September 3, 1970 |
Port Hueneme, California, United States
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Observational comedy, surreal humor, alternative comedy|
|Subject(s)||Pop culture, personal life, mental health|
Maria Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actress and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about depression and anxiety. Her comedy style is surreal, and incorporates voice impressions of various character types.
Bamford was born at the naval base in Port Hueneme, California, where her father Joel was serving as a Navy doctor. She grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, where she attended Chester Park Elementary and The Marshall School. She went on to attend Bates College, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in Creative Writing. She started doing stand-up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age nineteen, at Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret. Bamford then joined Edinburgh's improvised comedy show The Improverts. Maria has one sister, Sarah Bamford Seidelmann.
Bamford has been in a number of movies and television shows, including voice appearances in cartoons. Most notably, she was the voice of Shriek in CatDog, a huge selection of secondary characters in Cartoon Network's Adventure Time and Mrs. Botsford,Violet,and Leslie on the long running PBS educational series WordGirl. The best-known aspect of her act is her various impersonations (including her mother and her agent). Her stand-up comedy often takes the form of vignettes rather than the standard setup/punchline format.
Bamford was featured in the documentary series The Comedians of Comedy on Comedy Central and Showtime, and appeared in short skits titled "The Maria Bamford Show" broadcast on the now defunct website Super Deluxe. She also appears on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death-Ray.
Her last album, produced by Comedy Central Records and called Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, was released in April 2009 and includes a DVD containing "The Maria Bamford Show" episodes.
For Christmas 2009, she released a free stand-up special online as a gift to her fans.
In 2012 she released The Special Special Special for download through Chill.com. The special was recorded with only Bamford's parents as an audience.
In 2013, Maria created and stars in a web series called 'Ask My Mom.' Maria plays both herself and her mom, who answers questions sent in by fans.
- The Burning Bridges Tour (2003) [CD]
- How to WIN! (2007) [CD]
- Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome (2009) [CD]
- Plan B (2010) [DVD]
- The Special Special Special! (2012) [video download]
- Ask Me About My New God! (2013) [CD]
- The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the El Rey (2005)
- Comedians of Comedy Tour 3"CD (2006)
- The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour (2007)
- Comedy Death-Ray (2007)
TV show appearances
- Arrested Development (DeBrie Bardeaux)
- Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule
- The Comedians of Comedy
- Comedy Central Presents
- Comic Remix
- Cromartie High School
- Dharma & Greg
- Full House (Roxy Martin)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live!
- Late Friday
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
- Premium Blend
- Rove Live
- Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- The Trouble with Normal
- World Comedy Tour
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- The Trouble with Normal
- World Comedy Tour
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 (the fiddler during the square dancing host segment in episode 607- BLOODLUST!)
- John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show (2010) (Season 1)
- The Sarah Silverman Program (2010) (Mae Kadoodie – Episode "Nightmayor")
- Kroll Show guest appearance in the episode "Can I Finish?" - February 2013
- The Nerdist - May 2013
TV show voice acting
- Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight
- Adventure Time (Manfried, Slime Princess, Guardian Angel, Duchess of Nuts, Huntress Wizard, and others)
- Back at the Barnyard (Mrs. Beady)
- CatDog (Shriek)
- Hey Arnold! (Mayor Dixie)
- Home Movies
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- ¡Mucha Lucha!
- Tom Goes to the Mayor
- Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island
- WordGirl (Sally Botsford, Leslie, the assistant to Mr. Big, Violet Heaslip and Bank Teller (in Granny Mayor))
- Skunk Fu!
- Kick Buttowski ("Wacky" Jackie Wackerman)
- The Legend of Korra (Pema)
- Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (Chen)
- Tales of Metropolis (Lois Lane)
- Lucky Numbers (2000)
- Stuart Little 2 (2002)
- Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure (2003)
- The Comedians of Comedy (2005)
- Barnyard (2006)
- Heckler (2007)
- Bravest Warriors (2012) (Pixel, Gayle, Elves, others)
- SuperF*ckers (2012) (Princess Sunshine, Computer Fist, others)
- Ask My Mom (2013) (herself, her mother Marilyn Bamford)
Radio and podcast appearances
- A Prairie Home Companion (2002)
- The Now Show (2006)
- Doug Loves Movies (2006, 2010)
- The Bob & Tom Show (2009)
- WTF with Marc Maron (2009)
- Comedy Bang Bang (2009, 2013)
- The Dork Forest with Jackie Kashian (2011, 2013)
- The Nerdist Podcast (2010, 2012)
- The Sound of Young America/Bullseye with Jesse Thorn (2007, 2011, 2013)
- TBTL (2011)
- Never Not Funny (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
- Sklarbro Country (2011, 2012)
- Citizen Radio (2011)
- Jordan, Jesse, Go! (2010, 2011)
- The Mental Illness Happy Hour (2012)
- Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler (2013)
- You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes (2013)
- Keller, Joel (November 24, 2009). "Maria Bamford plays a demented shopper in new Target ads". TVSquad. AOL Television. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- Maria Bamford's One-Hour Homemade Christmas Special! on Vimeo
- "Maria Bamford: the special special special!". Chill. 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- David, Haglund. "Maria Bamford on Arrested Development and Her New Web Series, Ask My Mom!". http://www.slate.com. Slate. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- Balthazar, Brian. ""All Growz Up" Talks To Maria Bamford In A Back Alley". Retrieved 15 October 2013.
- Onion, Rebecca. "Tobias gets served.". Slate. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- David Burger (June 22, 2011). "Comic Maria Bamford will cross personal boundaries at Utah show". The Salt Lake Tribune. "I was re-diagnosed (after a three-day stay at the hospital) as Bipolar II"
- David Haglund (May 10, 2012). "Stand-up Comedy and Mental Illness: A Conversation with Maria Bamford". Slate. "I played the violin from the age of three to 21 and that was on stage, but I didn’t get the same feeling I got from stand-up—just that creative flow that I got into"
- "December 28, 2002". A Prairie Home Companion. December 28, 2002.
- "Episode 72: Maria Bamford". WTF with Marc Maron. May 13, 2010.
- "Comedy Bang Bang: Episode 5". Comedy Bang Bang. May 29, 2009.
- "TDF EP 71 – Maria Bamford Dork Origin Episode". The Dork Forest. October 21, 2011.
- "TDF EP 172 – Janeane Garofalo and Maria Bamford". The Dork Forest. May 14, 2013.
- "Maria Bamford". Nerdist. July 2010.
- "Maria Bamford Returns!". Nerdist. November 2012.
- "George Saunders and Maria Bamford". Bullseye with Jesse Thorn. February 12, 2013.
- "Episode 67: Hard High Five". Sklarbro Country. November 4, 2011.
- "Episode 122.5: Sklarbro County 27". Sklarbro Country. November 27, 2012.
- "Paul F. Tompkins, Maria Bamford, Markos Moulitsas, Ice T, Patty". Citizen Radio. February 2, 2011.
- "Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 133: Con Games with Maria Bamford, John Hodgman and Spiderman". Jordan, Jesse, Go!.
- "Episode 166: Dress Mess with Maria Bamford". Jordan, Jesse, Go!. March 8, 2011.
- "Episode 95: Maria Bamford". The Mental Illness Happy Hour. January 4, 2013.
- "Girl on Guy 85: Maria Bamford". Girl on Guy. March 12, 2013.
- "#159: Live from Bloomington, Indiana!". You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. June 16, 2013.
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