Maria Bamford

(Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford)

Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford
  • Born: September 3, 1970
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Comedian

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Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about depression and anxiety.

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As far as I can tell, comedians are pretty serious people, and that's why they make fun of things all of the time. Time
Get out of your house and go see some live performance, for God's sake. There are people creating things just outside your window. Religion & God
I am a wild orchid of comedy, so I can only do well under specific conditions... There are people who I think can do any room, and do stadiums and thousand-seat theaters, and then there are people like me who just perform for my parents.
I do some compassionate mindfulness every day. It's like a Buddhist thing. I tell myself that I'm doing a good job, that kind of thing. It makes me feel better.
I express things through characters because I have a fear that my own voice is irritating because that's been said to me.
I find it creatively satisfying to write material and say it out loud in a public place, whether or not anyone's listening.
I get sort of short with people and start grumbling and clearing my throat - in honor of my father - when I'm impatient. It's very charming.
I have a comic character - my sister said that I'm the victim of every joke I tell.
I have a hard time with interviews, because I'd rather hear about the interviewer. Time
I have received more fulfillment and adulation than I would ever know what to do with in terms of show business. Business, Commerce & Finance
I have trouble watching singers because they are so sincere.
I like all kinds of comedy. I like comedy that doesn't talk about real beliefs or serious thoughts, but then I also like the stuff that does. I think it just depends. It's a completely personal choice.
I love festivals because they seem like more of an artsy, supportive attitude - which benefits a more theatrical performer sometimes with having theater and other non-club venues, as well as the audience being filled with other artists. It's nice to be with other comics, as usually at other road gigs, I'm solo for the most part. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love support groups, people talking about their feelings. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love that vision-board thing where you cut out pictures that resonate with you so they'll manifest. I've done that since I was three; I cut out pictures of ladies from the JCPenney catalog. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never really thought of myself as depressed so much as paralyzed by hope. Hope
I think I, like a lot of people, have that type of brain where I find it interesting or fulfilling to worry about something.
I think taking vacations and turning off the phone and only doing emails or social media for a specific short amount of time helps with work/life balance. If I'm checking it all day I start to feel cuckoo-bird. So I just do it once or twice a day instead of a thousand. And then remembering that it doesn't matter. It just doesn't matter. Time
I think the Internet has made it easier for people to connect with things that they really like, as well as provide a more personal experience, of 'I found this!' and then you can pass it to friends.
I think you can lose yourself in any creative activity - if you enjoy your job or enjoy a task, you can lose yourself in that.
I thought that when you have more success that you'd feel more buoyed or feel more confident. But in fact my brain has the gift of switching it around and saying, 'Now people are expecting something. Now you're really going to let people down.' Success
I was raised in Duluth, Minnesota, where you never say that you're cold, or that you're suffering, and you listen politely to people, even if you disagree with them completely. Then you say passive-aggressive things later.
I'd like to create a lovable character for schizophrenia; it doesn't have a celebrity spokesperson because by the time somebody's schizophrenic they've lost all their teeth. Time
I'm not an extroverted person, nor am I hyper-confident in my point of view. I just don't have that personality.
I'm sort of shy, and Twitter feels like chatting all day with a group. I like to follow people. I'm following Joel Osteen, Steve Martin, and an anonymous purple egg - just to see where they go with it.
In L.A., a lot of comics live here, but we don't get to spend that much time together because we've got to drive 45 minutes home, or do another set. So in San Francisco we can hang out, go for dinner - the community aspect of it is really lovely, as well as seeing people's shows that you don't normally get to see a longer version of. Time
In my stand up, I think I try to be less energetic because I feel embarrassed about how much enthusiasm I have. There's something about acting like I don't care, or if I act like I haven't spent enough time on it, it seems to go better. If I act like I'm really trying to sell it, it doesn't go as well. Time
It's always the compliments from people you love that mean so much. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I've been stopped a few times by people who want to say, 'Hi.' But I'm an introverted person, and the idea that I'd have to talk to people all the time seems a little overwhelming. Time
I've learned from my pets that it's okay to sit around, and people don't love you any less if you sit around all the time. In fact they might love you more, 'cos they always know where you're always going to be: you're always going to be laying in bed. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My dad actually had business cards made up with my sister's website and my website and all of our information. And he hands them out to people he meets. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Families, Children & Parenting
My dad has some depressive issues, and he's really tough on himself. So sometimes he can say things that are not super supportive. Like once I did a set, and he says, 'Sheesh, no wonder you're still single.' I was like, 'Eight ball, corner pocket, dad.' Families, Children & Parenting
My mom always does this thing where, the closer I get to home, the more she calls. 'Hey, listen, how's your plane? Did you land? Are you landing? Sweetie. Listen. We want to... ' The anxiety amps up exponentially as I get closer, and then I can't get out fast enough.
My mom doesn't post on Facebook, but she'll tell anyone within about the first five minutes of meeting them about my sister and I, in whatever way she can.
My mom is very structured. She gets up, she does her prayers, and she eats her oatmeal with blueberries and Greek yogurt, and she has her prayer list, and she doesn't worry too much about things.
People get really irritated by mental illness.
Schizophrenia is hearing voices, not doing voices.
Some of my friends and family have tried to challenge me to do jokes that aren't as self-deprecating, where I genuinely express my own opinion in my own voice. Families, Children & Parenting
The bigger the crowds get, the more nervous I get. I actually am very comfortable with a half-filled room of people who are slightly disinterested and are irritated at a Barnes & Noble.
The Internet makes everything much less mysterious.
When I'm up on stage and do a joke, half the people interpret it one way and half of them interpret it the way I want them to.

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