Maria Bamford: comedian to watchBy admin, Gaea News Network
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Maria Bamford is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy routine involving jokes about her apparent depression and loneliness.
Maria Bamford is also famous for incorporation of various voices to represent (and often good-naturedly mock) various stock character types. Fellow comic Patton Oswalt has called her one of the most creative and original comics working today, along with Brian Regan.
Maria Bamford now to be 39 is an famous American stand-up comedian who is still improving day by day was recently featured on the documentary series The Comedians of Comedy on Comedy Central and Showtime, and also appears in short skits collectively titled “The Maria Bamford Show” which can be found on the website Super Deluxe. She also appears on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death-Ray.
Maria Bamford was born at the naval base in Port Hueneme, California (where her father Joel was serving as a Navy doctor).
Bamford attended Chester Park Elementary and The Marshall School in Duluth and went on to attend Bates College, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in Creative Writing.
Bamford started doing stand-up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 19 at Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret and later joined Edinburgh’s improvised comedy show The Improverts.
She has been in a number of movies and television shows, including several voice appearances in cartoons. One of the best-known aspects of Bamford’s act is the many different voices she uses. Her various impersonations (including her mother and her agent) contrast sharply with her normal speaking voice, which is often high and child-lik. Her comedy often takes the form of vignettes rather than the standard setup/punchline format.
Her last album produced by Comedy Central Records called Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome was released on April 21, 2009, and includes a DVD containing “The Maria Bamford Show” episodes.