Yesss! Maria Bamford is coming to Chicago! Just announced this morning, the show is at the Athenaeum Theatre on August 19 at 8:00 p.m. Get your tickets here. This one is going to sell out very fast.
Maria Bamford’s mind works like summer lightning. Brilliant, fast, jagged, beautiful, thrilling, unexpected. She also takes on the storms: depression, anxiety, family dysfunction and everything in life that makes your heart plunge piteously to the floor and lie there lifeless as winter dirt. Can demonic spirit-busters really be discussed in ways that acknowledge the darkness yet inspire, uplift, impart hope and leave you happy, relieved, laughing and knowing that someone understands and because of that, you’ll never truly be alone? Miraculously, yes. Yes, that is, if you know Maria Bamford’s comedy.
I have two different edition t-shirts I bought from MariaBamford.com. Each says, “Maria Bamford supports me in my journey.” I wear them, believe them, know that it’s true and feel better when I have them on (not both at once. To clarify, I only wear one at a time). I once interviewed a comedian who is a good friend of Maria’s and I told her about those shirts. I said, “You know what? I don’t know Maria Bamford and I never met her. But I do believe she supports me in my journey.” The answer: “She does!” I knew it.
Maria Bamford’s comedy special, Maria Bamford: the special special special was famously filmed in her childhood living room with her parents as the sole audience. Vulture.com promptly named it one of the Top 10 Comedy Specials of the Year. She has also won rave reviews for her portrayal of Debris Bardeaux on Netflix’s new season of Arrested Development and for her voices for the animated hits BoJack Horseman, Word Girl and Kung Fu Panda, to name a few.
She has several critically acclaimed albums and appears frequently on late night and Comedy Central. The Maria Bamford Show was screened at New York’s Museum of Art and Design, a rare honor. The New Yorker called it “a cold blast of brilliance.”
She is also a writer whose work been featured in The Onion, GQ and LA Weekly and she appeared in one of my favorite movies of all time, Muffin Top. This is all just a small recitation of her work. Check out mariabamford.com to learn more.
I love this recent set she did during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where her dazzled host shared that she is his favorite comedian on the planet. Check out her set and the interview that follows where she states what promptly became my new mantra: “God can’t get you if you’re singing a song.”
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