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, character 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 19, 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 album Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, produced by Comedy Central Records, 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 at her own home in Los Angeles with only Bamford's parents present as the audience and is now available on Netflix.
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)
- 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)
- BoJack Horseman (voice)
- @midnight (2014)
- 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
- 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
- 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?" (2013)
- The Nerdist (2013)
- Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight (voice)
- Adventure Time (voices: Manfried, Slime Princess, Guardian Angel, Duchess of Nuts, Huntress Wizard, and others)
- Leliko (voice)
- Back at the Barnyard (Mrs. Beady)
- CatDog (Shriek)
- Hey Arnold! (Mayor Dixie)
- Mr. Meaty (Ashley Steinberg)
- Home Movies (voice)
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (voice)
- ¡Mucha Lucha! (voice)
- Tom Goes to the Mayor (voice)
- Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island (voice)
- WordGirl (voices: Sally Botsford, Leslie, the assistant to Mr. Big, Violet Heaslip and Bank Teller (in Granny Mayor))
- Skunk Fu! (voice)
- Kick Buttowski (voice:"Wacky" Jackie Wackerman)
- The Legend of Korra (voice:Pema)
- Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (voice:Chen)
- Tales of Metropolis (voice:Lois Lane)
- Bravest Warriors (2012) (Pixel, Gayle, Elves, others)
- SuperF*ckers (2012) (Princess Sunshine, Computer Fist, others)
- Ask My Mom (2013) (herself, her mother Marilyn Bamford)
- 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.
- Sara Corbett (July 17, 2014). "The Weird, Scary and Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford". The New York Times.
- 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"
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