Maria Bamford entertains, educates

Maria BamfordShe has killed God, sought the Exxon within and gone parasailglidebiking in Rio Guamquai. She is Maria Bamford.

“When I say God, I mean a higher power — which I had chosen to be my best friend and dog, Blossom the awesome pug,” said Bamford on a YouTube video titled “Maria Bamford: The Thing About… Regret.”

Bamford is one of the most innovative comedians and voice actresses working right now.

“She is a comedian’s comedian,” said Felipe Godoy Diaz, a junior business and marketing double major and volunteer at Concert Board. “Other comedians rave about her.”

As a part of UAA Homecoming, Bamford will be gracing the Wendy Williamson stage with her idiosyncratic presence and dexterous voice.

Most famously, she has impersonated her dysfunctional family. In a given bit, she may switch between 3-4 different voices effortlessly.

“She just sells it,” said Tracy Stewart, a doctoral student in Psychology and volunteer for Concert Board. “If she goes into a character or a voice it’s almost uncomfortable … she just goes for it.”

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She has appeared on numerous late night talk shows including “Conan” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

“Most recently, she had a guest appearance on the reboot of ‘Arrested Development.’ She was hilarious on it,” Diaz said.

In addition to these credits, Bamford boasts a diverse career on cartoons and comedies including “Adventure Time” and “Louie.”

While working on her acting career, Bamford has released numerous comedy albums. Recently she became the first female comedian to have a two-and-a-half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central.

A large part of her act focuses on mental illness.

“She directly discloses that she struggles with her own mental health issues,” Stewart said. “I like that she uses humor as an outlet for that.”

In her new comedy album released this year, “Ask Me About My New God!,” Bamford addresses suicide and anxiety. She has stated that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Maria Bamford will bring her diverse array of characters to the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on Oct. 10, starting at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets for Maria Bamford are available at the Student Union Information Desk or online at

 Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door for UAA students, $20 in advance, $25 at the door for the general public and $18 in advance, $23 at the door for UAA alumni. Visit or Concert Board on Facebook at for more information.