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Maria Bamford

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Maria Bamford is an American stand-up comedian and voice actor. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about depression. Her comedy style draws upon surrealism and incorporates voice impressions of various character types. Comic Patton Oswalt has called her one of the most creative and original comics working today.

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 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.

 career
Bamford has been in a number of movies and television shows, including voice appearances in cartoons. The best-known aspect of her act are her various impersonations . Her comedy often takes the form of vignettes rather than the comedy stand-up 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 2009-2011 shopping seasons, Bamford was featured in a series of Target commercials, portraying an overachieving shopper determined to be first in line.

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

 personal life
Bamford and her pug, Bert, and chug, Blueberry, reside in Eagle Rock, California.

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Name Duration Released
Learning 05:33 2009
Free Clinic 09:29 2009
My Sister 02:19 2009
I Miss Working in an Office 08:07 2009
Baby Jesus 03:33 2009
Love Songs 04:02 2009
Vision Board 08:54 2009
Mentor 01:43 2009
Being a Good Person 01:28 2009
Getting Older 01:13 2009
Wizard of Art 01:25 2009
Mental Makeup 02:15 2007
TV 02:33 2007
Sister Sarah 03:02 2007
I Heart My Country 03:06 2007
Life in LA 02:39 2007
Dad 03:18 2007
Opening Party 02:15 2007
Fun Being Evil 02:28 2007
Dale Carnegie 02:01 2007
Your Comedy Club 01:51 2007
Depression 02:14 2007
Saddest Place in the World 01:52 2007
Credit Test 02:11 2007
Self Employed 03:12 2007
Alicia Keys 02:42 2007
Giant Corporation 03:38 2007
The-Rapist 01:15 2007
Competitive Living 02:22 2007
Super Confident People 01:51 2007
Arch Enemy from High School 01:31 2007
We Do Things a Little Differently Around Here 02:17 2005
Mom's Religion 01:17 2005
Miss the Excitement 03:31 2005
Celebrity Homes 01:25 2005
Small Talk 04:26 2005
Too Much TV 00:56 2005
Hollywood Standards 00:47 2005
Plan B 01:42 2005
Voicemail Non Sequiturs 01:56 2005
32AA 02:42 2005
Vennette 02:07 2005
Ventriloquist Prayer 01:31 2005
Goddess of Little Lake Pequaym 02:26 2005
Lady Boss 00:54 2005
Ritz Carlton Jesus 01:58 2005
My Mother Always Told Me 01:44 2005
Sexual Harassment 02:10 2005
LA People 01:10 2005
Crazy Cult 02:34 2005
Touched by an Angel 02:49 2005

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