Dayton should be prepared for a dynamite experience on Friday, June 7, when comedian Maria Bamford brings her unique style of joke telling to Victoria Theatre.
The comedian has been on tour for a while now. According to Bamford, she’s “on tour all of the time.”
“I think everyone does it differently, but I go out three or four times a month and then for the rest of my life,” she said.
Bamford starred in the Netflix series “Lady Dynamite” as well as the special “Old Baby.” Beyond doing stand-up comedy, she is also a voice actress. She has voiced characters on “BoJack Horseman,” “Adventure Time,” “Legend of Korra,” and “Puss in Boots.”
She is also an actress having portrayed characters on “Arrested Development,” “Portlandia” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” She has also been part of many comedy documentaries. Despite her success, she is still very down-to-earth.
“I have friends I’ve had for 25 years that don’t know I’m a comedian. I talk to you every day and I don’t think you’re very funny [they say],” she said.
Bamford absolutely loves her job. She hopes that she can come to Dayton and “lighten the burden of other people’s lives for an hour.”
“Oh, I think it’s the same thing as in any job. It’s the acknowledgement that I’m a part of a long tradition of live performance. I may not be the best or the worst, but that maybe the hard part. The hard part is do you keep showing up to your job. I want to feel useful in my job and I love the job I do,” she said.
The genres of comedy listed on Bamford’s Wikipedia page including descriptions like character comedy, surreal humor and alternative comedy. Bamford says that it’s good for people to know what they are getting into with her style of comedy.
“It’s a bit odd. I of course find myself hysterical. Like everything, it’s good to know what you’re in for. I do a lot of material about mental health, so it’s not for everyone,” she said.
Bamford has been very open about dealing with mental illness. The comedian has had to deal with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar II disorder. She has even been honest about being in a psych ward a few times.
In her show “Lady Dynamite,” a couple episodes revolve around her having breakdowns or recovery. Bamford has no problems having these issues play out in her shows or her stand-up.
“It’s not difficult for me to talk about anything on stage. Part of my make-up is that I’m shy, but I also love attention. For good or for bad. It’s a relief for me to talk about stuff like that,” she said.
Her shows and stand-up also put her personal life on display including her relationship with her mother, husband and animals. Bamford recently married in 2015 and said it’s going well.
“It’s going great as far as I can tell. Love is a mystery, so you never really know. As far I know my husband is a delightful man. And I think I have been pretty great, but I know I have night terrors, so he’d have to give you the full report,” she said.
Bamford is known for having pugs and they pop up in her specials and shows. They give Bamford comfort, but she has reported that her pet family is now down to one fat Chihuahua named Jackie Onassis.
“That was her given name. She’s adorable and wonderful. We might get another old pug. We are going to wait because our last pug Betty passed away, and we had to take a time-out and wear black,” she said.
Bamford has never been to Dayton, but commented that it seemed similar to her hometown of Duluth, Minn. She wants Dayton residents to come to the show, but she doesn’t want to “put too much on our plates.”
“I wouldn’t want to force anyone to see a live comedy. I want to respect your free time. If you’re in the area at around the time the show is going on … stop on by. It will be fun,” she said.
Dayton could definitely use a laugh right now and Bamford can definitely deliver. She said that there will even be extra services after the show.
“After the show, we will be sitting outside. Actually, don’t even come to the show, just come afterwards and I’ll sign your medication bottles. Or anything you want to bring to a friend in a psych ward,” she joked.
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