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Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about depression and anxiety. Her comedy style is surreal, and incorporates voice impressions of various character types.

Early life[]

Bamford was born at the naval base in Port Hueneme, California, where her father Joel was serving as a Navy doctor. She grew up there and in Duluth, Minnesota, where she attended Chester Park Elementary and The Marshall School. She went on to attend Bates College, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in Creative Writing. She started doing stand-up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age nineteen, at Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret. Bamford then joined Edinburgh's improvised comedy show The Improverts. Maria has one sister, Sarah Bamford Seidelmann.


Bamford has been in a number of movies and television shows, including voice appearances in cartoons. Most notably, she is the voice of the Hot Dog Princess in Cartoon Network's Adventure Time and Mrs. Botsford on the long running PBS educational series WordGirl. The best-known aspect of her act is her various impersonations (including her mother and her agent). Her stand-up comedy often takes the form of vignettes rather than the standard setup/punchline format.

Bamford was featured in the documentary series The Comedians of Comedy on Comedy Central and Showtime, and appeared in short skits titled "The Maria Bamford Show" broadcast on the now defunct website Super Deluxe. She also appears on the comedy compilation CD Comedy Death-Ray.

Her last album, produced by Comedy Central Records and called Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, was released in April 2009 and includes a DVD containing "The Maria Bamford Show" episodes.

During the Christmas 2009-2010 shopping seasons, Bamford was featured in a series of Target commercials, portraying an overachieving shopper determined to be first in line.[1]

For Christmas 2009, she released a free stand-up special online as a gift to her fans.[2]

In 2012 she released The Special Special Special for download through The special was recorded with only Bamford's parents as an audience.[3]

She provides the voice of Pema in Nickelodeon cartoon The Legend of Korra.

Personal life[]

Bamford resides in Eagle Rock, California, with her pug, Bert, and chug, Blueberry. She has stated publicly that she has been diagnosed as having bipolar disorder.[4]

Bamford plays violin.[5]

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