PLEDGE NOW
Comedian Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford on her comedy, mental illness, parents and pugs.

From "Maria Bamford: the Special Special Special!"

From “Maria Bamford: the Special Special Special!”

Maria Bamford is the kind of comedian who doesn’t slow down for the slow wing of the audience.  She lays it all out there, full of twists and turns and the mind’s curlicues and says, in effect, hang on.  Through religion and family, shame and shopping, sex and suicide and the mind’s dark side.  She’s had her own issues there, bipolar, and just keeps going.  With “Arrested Development,” Louis CK, her own albums.  She’s the American Comedy Awards “ Best Club Comic, 2014.”  And she’s with us.  This hour, On Point:  Comedian Maria Bamford, on life.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Maria Bamford, comedian and actress. Winner of the 2014 American Comedy Award for “Best Club Comic.” She co-created, wrote, and stars in the Funny or Die web series “The Program.” Her latest comedy album is “Ask Me About My New God!” and her comedy special “The Maria Bamford: the Special Special Special!” is available online and on Netflix. (@mariabamfoo)

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times: The Weird, Scary and Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford — “Much of Bamford’s work examines the relationship between “people” — generally well-intentioned friends and family — and those who grapple with depression or anxiety or any other challenge to the psyche. Her act is a series of monologues and mini-skits performed rapid fire and often without regard for transition. Deploying a range of deadpan voices, she mimics the faux-enlightened who hover around the afflicted, offering toothless platitudes (“You just need to get out in nature”), bootstrapping pep talks (“It’s all about attitude. You gotta want it!”) or concern warped by self-interest (“You’d think you’d just stop vomiting for me and the kids”).”

The Toast: “I’ll Be Alright” — “This is risky comedy. By disguising her intelligence in goofy voices, she risks looking like a nutcase. She doesn’t bother to slow down or explain herself. She uses words like “pugilism” and “prehensile,” the audience be damned.”

LaughSpin: Diagnosis, Maria Bamford — “Bamford is known for manipulating her voice and facial expressions to transform on stage into her family, friends, and other hypothetical or universal types, which often means deftly embodying multiple characters at once in a stream-of-consciousness storytelling style.” 

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Sep 1, 2015
Denali is seen from a window on Air Force One during descent into Anchorage, Alaska on Aug. 31, 2015. (Pete Souza/White House)

The scramble for the Arctic. President Obama’s in Alaska. We’ll look at the stakes.

Sep 1, 2015
Oliver Sacks (Elena Seibert)

Oliver Sacks, celebrated neurologist and best-selling author, has died at 82. We’ll listen back to our remarkable 2013 interview with Oliver Sacks on life and aging.

RECENT
SHOWS
Aug 31, 2015
While the jury still deliberates, former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie, left, leaves the Merrimack Superior Court at the end of day with security in tow Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H.  Labrie was convicted by a jury of several misdemeanors, but ruled not guilty in the most serious felony sexual assault charges. (AP)

A verdict in the New Hampshire prep school rape trial. And calls for changing sexual assault laws.

 
Aug 31, 2015
A television photographer takes video of a memorial for the two slain journalist in front of the studios of WDBJ-TV7 in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday.  (AP)

Lessons from the Roanoke TV shootings. We’ll look at the way forward with the New York Times’ Nick Kristof and other top thinkers.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: August 28, 2015
Friday, Aug 28, 2015

You say #hashtag, we say, #forwhat? That, plus Usain Bolt and the ominous lurking Segway cameraman. Friday!

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: August 21, 2015
Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Do you even click? (And other reflections on link sharing and web commenting).

More »
6 Comments
 
Do You Recognize Amazon’s Workplace Culture? Tell Us!
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Do you recognize the workplace conditions described in a recent New York Times piece on Amazon? We want to hear from you!

More »
5 Comments