Bamford, who just minutes before sitting down with Co.Create learned that she is going to have to pony up 3 to get rid of the termites that are chomping away on the house she bought with the money she earned from Netflix for making It was Hurwitz who reached out to Bamford a few years ago and asked if she had any ideas for a series of her own that he could pitch to Netflix, which had given him a development deal.
In the opener, we are introduced to a sweet, optimistic, and slightly insecure 45-year-old comedian who has returned to Los Angeles after spending time back in her native Minnesota where she lived with her parents while being treated for a mental breakdown.
(Like her alter ego, Bamford went home to live with her parents in Duluth back in 2011 after she had a breakdown.) With the uniquely talented and charmingly vulnerable Bamford at its core and a cast that includes Fred Melamed, Ana Gasteyer, and Lennon Parham, is not a traditional comedy in any sense.
There are over-the-top, fantastical sequences—the first episode opens with a shampoo commercial parody; characters like a cop played by Bamford's friend Oswalt routinely break the fourth wall to give her advice about what she should and shouldn't be doing on the series; and the show flips back and forth in time from the present where Bamford is trying to get work with the help of her agent (Melamed) and dating and just trying to get along in the world the best she can to the past, where we see what went down when she was back home in Minnesota with her family (Mary Kay Place and Ed Begley Jr.
play her parents) trying to get her head on straight.
You have this intense meeting with somebody where it's like, ' You're amazing! The fact that you can't count on anyone in Hollywood to provide opportunities makes Bamford especially thankful for her base in stand-up comedy.
"It's very personally empowering as a businessperson.
I can just write my own material, and I'm out there.
would have been an apt title for Maria Bamford's new Netflix series rolling out today.
Adored by the likes of Judd Apatow and Stephen Colbert, who declared her his favorite comedian on Planet Earth when she appeared on last January, Bamford has been killing it with her stand-up for years.
Bamford, who was a member of the Comedians of Comedy Tour in 2005, which she embarked on with Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, and Brian Posehn, is known for cleverly and unashamedly weaving her mental health issues—she has long dealt with obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression and was diagnosed with a form of bipolar disorder a few years ago—into her routines.
If you aren't familiar with her work, listen to her live album has Bamford playing a version of herself living in a version of her life.