Who is Maria Bamford? A MN comedian whose Netflix series starts soon


Minnesota native Maria Bamford revealed Tuesday that her very own Netflix comedy series will debut this spring.

The Duluth-raised comedian will see her 12-episode series "Lady Dynamite" premiere on the streaming service on May 20, with Bamford promising "massive acting and live animals."

For those of you unfamiliar with the University of Minnesota alumnae, you might recognize her from this recent skit she did on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" in which she had a Minnesota "Accent Off" with Late Show writer and fellow Minnesotan Ariel Dumas.

Bamford made her "Lady Dynamite" announcement on Twitter with a short video, answering the question "Who is Maria Bamford?"


With a successful stand-up career and previous television credits including "Arrested Development" and voice acting on "BoJack Horseman," the Netflix series marks the 45-year-old's first starring role, according to Vulture.

Produced by Mitch Hurwitz (who also produced "Arrested Development"), Splitsider reports the show will be a "single camera comedy" based on Bamford's life.

There are a whole host of guest stars lined up, including Sarah Silverman, Brandon Routh, Patton Oswalt and Jon Cryer, the website notes.

Writing on her website, Bamford cites the start of her performing arts career as being when she starred in a production of "How the West Was REALLY Won!" as an 11 year old at the Chester Park Elementary in Duluth.

You can find out more about Bamford's 25-year comedy career in this profile by the Guardian.

Bamford challenged other Twitter users on Tuesday to answer the question: "Who is Maria Bamford?" and those responding included her husband Scott, Sarah Silverman, guest star Tig Notaro and comedy director Judd Apatow, who called her the "funniest living being in the world."





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