Maria Bamford

It's been quite a year for Duluth native Maria Bamford. Apart from receiving rave reviews for her role as Debrie Bardeaux in the Arrested Development relaunch, she was also named one of the 50 funniest people in America by Rolling Stone magazine. She had a recurring role on Louis CK's FX hit, Louie. Her special, Bamford: The Special, Special, Special, has been well received by critics and comedy fans alike, as was her latest CD, Ask Me About My New God. Her interest in performing began at the age of 11 when she starred in a school production of How the West Was Really Won. By the age of 19 she was doing standup in Minneapolis, eventually winding up in L.A. She is often the subject of her own (at times surreal) humor, though she does draw inspiration from the outside world, too. "I'm very concerned about celebrity chef Paula Deen," Bamford tells an audience, "because her recipes are like a suicide note." She then launches into what can described as an impression of Ms. Deen, from the other side. Bamford has certainly mastered the art of taking her jokes right up to the precipice of the bizarre, before rolling back with a killer punchline. 18+. (Photo by Natalie Brasington)
Nov. 19-23, 8 p.m.; Nov. 22-23, 10:30 p.m., 2013

 
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