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Maria Bamford

Sept. 9
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Producer and director Judd Apatow calls her the funniest woman in the world. Minnesota’s own Maria Bamford returns for two shows at the Woman’s Club this week. Her critically acclaimed Netflix sitcom, Lady Dynamite, based loosely on her life story, has brought her new fans. Like her series, her standup set dissects her life experiences —including her dysfunctional family, and bouts with mental illness—combined with a steady influx of self-deprecating humor. Speaking mostly in a distressed whisper, Bamford interjects a variety of voices into her jokes. “It’s so hard to live in Los Angeles,” she tells the audience on Ari Shaffir’s This Is Not Happening in her trademark delivery. “People work so hard, not only here but in this country.” She then mimics a typical person’s queries. “What are you working on these days? What’s on the next page? What’s next for you?” She pauses and returns to her regular stage voice. “Oh, I’m done,” she says with a slightly bewildered look. “Yeah, I finished early.” Bamford is obviously working hard, however, as Lady Dynamite was renewed for a second season.