Born: September 3, 1970
Blue Meter: Tame
In match-ups against other comics:
Won: 1766 | Lost: 1570
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Next Tour Date
|Day & Time||Club/Venue||Tickets|
|September 18 7:15 PM||
Helium Comedy Club Portland
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All video pulled from YouTube.
|2013||Ask Me About My New God!||Buy: Amazon | iTunes|
|2009||Unwanted Thought Syndrome||Buy: Amazon | iTunes|
This album is a compilation, featuring multiple artists.
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|2007||How to Win!||Buy: Amazon | iTunes|
|2003||The Burning Bridges Tour||Buy: Amazon | iTunes|
Specials (and other video)
|2012||Maria Bamford: the special special special!
Distributed via Chill. Performed in Bamford's living room for audience of two - her parents.
|2011||John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Season 2)||Buy: Amazon | iTunes|
|2010||John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show||Buy: Amazon | iTunes|
|2009||Funny People Live
Features both real and fictional comics from the movie "Funny People"
|2007||The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour
Special features multiple performers
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|2007||Comedy Central Presents Maria Bamford 2||Buy: Amazon | iTunes|
|2005||The Comedians of Comedy/Live at the El Rey||Buy: Amazon|
Weekly late night stand-up showcase on NBC
|2001||Comedy Central Presents Maria Bamford 1||Buy: Amazon | iTunes|
|1999||Premium Blend (Season 3)
Features multiple comedians
Books (by and about)
|201?||Untitled Maria Bamford Book
To be published by Quack!Media
I think before giving me a credit card, they should have given me a math test. A series of story problems. “If Maria’s boyfriend is in a folk band but he only smokes pot every other day, what percentage of the...
Born in California, Maria Bamford grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. While in high school, Bamford would run for student government offices, mostly to have an opportunity to deliver a funny speech to her classmates.
Bamford spent two years of college at Bates in Maine, mostly because she was uncertain of what else to do with herself. She explored the school theater program but didn’t particularly enjoy it. For a year she studied English in Edinburgh where she discovered improv. She began to perform with Theater Sports. When she returned the states, Bamford finished her studies at the University of Minnesota. During her senior year she was treated for depression, but recovered thanks to medication. She still takes medication today.
Maria began performing stand-up in Minneapolis at the age of 21, though she had considered attempting it earlier. But heckling was more common in the Northeast and in Scotland, so she decided to wait until returning to Minnesota to try the art. Within two years, she received her first paying gigs. She began to make a living from her comedy shortly before she turned 30. Until she could support herself with her stand-up however, she regularly performed temp jobs. Many of her experiences at those jobs became fodder for her act.
When Maria began performing stand-up, she would often accompany it by playing the violin, using it to break up jokes. At the time, she rationalized that the audience would at least enjoy one part of the act.
A trait of her stand-up is her ability to fall into distinct voices of characters, many of which are satirized for their somewhat conventional and myopic viewpoint on life. Her own natural voice is quite high, so the contrast of the more “adult” voices, along with the bite in their portrayal is often surprising and explosively funny.
In the late 90s, Bamford moved to Hollywood to advance her career, capitalizing on the positive buzz from an appearance at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
In 2003, Bamford hit the festival circuit hard performing at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Melbourne Comedy Festival, THe Murphy Cat Laughs Festival (Ireland) and The Brighton Comedy Festival.
Bamford brought her one-woman show “Plan B” to Austrialia for a one month long run in 2005. The shows sold out and the success brought her to Edinburgh to stage the show. The material has subsequently been adapted to a web show for the burgeoning broadband comedy portal Super Deluxe.
Bamford joined her friend Patton Oswalt for his project “The Comedians of Comedy”, a tour which brought comedy to alternative venues such as rock clubs. Bamford, Oswalt along with comics Brian Posehn and Zach Galifianakis have had various legs of the tour documented. A swing through the west coast was made for Netflix as a movie and a second tour, which focused on the northeast, was made into a six-part series for Comedy Central. Comedians of Comedy has continued past these filmed incarnations with Bamford as a regular feature.
In 2006, Maria Bamford filmed her second Comedy Central Presents special, becoming the first female performer to achieve the distinction.
Maria Bamford has performed stand-up on nearly all the late night talk show including “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”