Maria Bamford Show Part of NC Comedy Arts Festival’s 15th Anniversary
Comedian Maria Bamford has found fun — and a career — in her neuroses. The wonderfully wacky and pricelessly awkward stand-up artist performs at the Carolina Theatre of Durham on Sat. Feb. 14.
Armed with her various voices and fueled by gobs of nervous energy, Bamford warmed up for her Valentine’s Day show in Durham by talking to WUNC-FM’s Frank Stasio on The State of Things about her Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), suicidal thoughts and other sensitive topics that the talented comedian has spun into live humor.
“The hospitalizations weren’t funny at the time. In retrospect: very funny stuff. There are different kinds of humor where it’s like the element of surprise or there’s some sort of tension in it…It can even be surprise or shock or any number of things…”
Bamford’s show is part of the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival’s 15th Anniversary, which brings nearly two weeks of comedy and comedians to the Triangle Region. In addition to the Carolina Theatre show in Durham, fans can see many other comedians and comic sketches around the region through Sunday, Feb. 15.
Bamford’s performance in Durham is sure to be long on self-deprecation, off-beat references and the flawless comic timing that garnered her the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic. Watch a clip of her perfromance in the New York Times video clip below.