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Lady Dynamite star gives U of M grad $5,000 to help pay off student loans

Maria Bamford with the Minnesota Nice student loan assist.

Students who go to a four-year college in Minnesota had, on average, $31,500 in debt if they graduated in 2015.

We don't know how much recent U of M grad Alyse Moné is staring down right now, but it's $5,000 lighter thanks to comedian Maria Bamford.

Bamford, who grew up in Duluth and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993, was the commencement speaker for the U's College of Liberal Arts on Sunday.

In the crowd was Moné, an acting major who had no idea what was about to hit her.

She gives a firsthand account to City Pages here. Bamford announced she was giving away her $5,000 speaking fee, and picked a stunned Moné.

With college getting more expensive, and plenty of young grads trying to chip away at their debt, every little bit counts.

And getting it from a famous Minnesota comedian is pretty cool too.

Bamford has a comedy special on Netflix right now called Old Baby. And season two of her Netflix series Lady Dynamite is coming at some point. We just don't know exactly when.

She also apparently did a set at a Minneapolis game store the other night.

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